Depression and other emotional disorders:

I just saw on the news that Marie Osmonds nineteen year old son has committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of his apartment building.  It is just so completely sad to me that this young man could see no other solution to the way he was feeling, other than to end his life.  Evidently he had suffered with depression for many years, and had been under treatment.  It’s a well known fact that Marie has also suffered with depression.  It seems to me that people who suffer with depression or other emotional issues are so ashamed of it, that they either refuse to seek help or fail to follow through with treatment.

Why is it, that in today’s society, people must feel ashamed to say that they suffer with a mental illness?  It’s not their fault…it is a medical disorder.  Unfortunately it is often times slow to be recognized, especially in teens and young adults.  We blow off the symptoms as “just part of growing up” or the people themselves just hide their feelings, for fear of being “labled” as defective.

Even when they do go for help, it usually takes several attempts with different medications to find the right prescription that will work for that individual, and sometimes they just give up, thinking that they can’t “be fixed.”  Then too, the medications themselves often have such awful side effects, or atleast the reputation as having awful side effects that they do not want to take them.  There are so many mental diseases out there, depression, anxiety, ptsd, bipolar, schizophrenia…many others.  The brain is still a bit of a mystery even to the scientists that have devoted their lives to figuring it out…so, of course how could a teen or young adult figure out their feelings?  Even with a very supportive family, people can frequently feel isolated and alone.  They won’t share their feelings or fears with their loved ones.  They suffer in silence.  And often, unfortunately and tragically…they end up like Marie Osmonds son.

My thoughts and prayers are with that family tonight…and all the other families who have or are dealing with mental illness.  I am pasting below the symptoms of depression as written by the Mayo Clinic.  Please, if you or anyone you know have these symptoms…don’t be afraid or ashamed.  Call your family doctor or go to the hospital.  There is help.  Life can be better.

Symptoms

By Mayo Clinic staff

Depression symptoms include:

  • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
  • Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy — even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren’t going right
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it’s obvious something isn’t right. Others people feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.

Depression affects each person in different ways, so depression symptoms vary from person to person. Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background all play a role in how depression may affect you.

Depression symptoms in children and teens
Common symptoms of depression can be a little different in children and teens than they are in adults.

  • In younger children, symptoms of depression may include sadness, irritability, hopelessness and worry.
  • Symptoms in adolescents and teens may include anxiety, anger and avoidance of social interaction.
  • Changes in thinking and sleep are common signs of depression in adolescents and adults, but are not as common in younger children.
  • In children and teens, depression often occurs along with behavior problems and other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Depression symptoms in older adults
Depression is not a normal part of growing older, and most seniors feel satisfied with their lives. However, depression can and does occur in older adults. Unfortunately it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Many adults with depression feel reluctant to seek help when they’re feeling down.

  • In older adults, depression may go undiagnosed because symptoms — for example, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems or loss of interest in sex — may seem to be caused by other illnesses
  • Older adults with depression may say they feel dissatisfied with life in general, bored, helpless or worthless. They may always want to stay at home, rather than going out to socialize or doing new things.
  • Suicidal thinking or feelings in older adults is a sign of serious depression that should never be taken lightly, especially in men. Of all people with depression, older adult men are at the highest risk of suicide.

When to see a doctor
If you feel depressed, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you can. Depression symptoms may not get better on their own — and depression may get worse if it isn’t treated. Untreated depression can lead to other mental and physical health problems or problems in other areas of your life. Feelings of depression can also lead to suicide.

If you’re reluctant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or loved one, a health care professional, a faith leader, or someone else you trust.

If you have suicidal thoughts
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Contact a family member or friend.
  • Seek help from your doctor, a mental health provider or other health care professional.
  • Call a suicide hot line number — in the United States, you can reach the toll-free, 24-hour hot line of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to talk to a trained counselor.
  • Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone in your faith community.

When to get emergency help
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If you have a loved one who has harmed himself or herself, or is seriously considering doing so, make sure someone stays with that person. Take him or her to the hospital or call for emergency help.

Of course the other illnesses have their own symptoms, if you have any feelings of suicide, anxiety, depression, worry or stress that seems out of control or is affecting how you live…please call your doctor.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Never give up hope…Life can be better.

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8 thoughts on “Depression and other emotional disorders:

  1. Moving. I’ll tell you that I agree with you 90%. A lot of what you have said I think is true. I mean yeah, we will try and try to get help and things will go wrong along the way, and we loose all hope and give up.

    And if you leave things, they get worse, and worse and build up, and can lead to suicide.

    Things need to change in society. They really do.

    • Yes, I know it’s difficult and more to it than my short entry. I have several family members who suffer with some form of mental illness, although none have gone so far as suicide, thankfully. I do not think I could live with such a thing. I don’t know why things are the way they are with mental illness in society, but it’s sad and there has to be an answer to make it “ok” to have problems like that. And maybe pills aren’t the only answer. I don’t have the solution, but my heart is so heavy tonight with the thoughts of all the people out there suffering in silence, when it doesn’t have to be. Young people especially is what breaks my heart. They have so much to live for. Sometimes it’s hard for parents to recognize symptoms of mental illness in their kids, to distinguish between normal teen angst/hormones and what could be a serious disease. As a parent myself of a 15 y/o and a 22 y/o, it worries me to my core.
      Thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog…I appreciate it very much.

  2. I thanked you on my blog, but I want to thank you here aswell! The chances of me committing suicide now is very low now so no need to worry!
    Thank you for your beautiful comment
    and forgive me for my bad writing in english!

    • I am glad to hear you are not actually “wanting” death, just thinking it may happen! Please never lose hope with life. YOu are young and life has much to offer, and sometimes we feel like there are no answers and no reason to live, when indeed there is! Problems we think will never go away, DO! So just stay positive and don’t sweat the small stuff……………………..and it IS ALL small stuff! As the saying goes! 😉 Your English is just fine!!! Us Americans can rarely speak our own language, much less another countries! ahahahahah Anyway, thanks for responding…you had me worried. If you ever need to vent….feel free! I have struggled through alot of crap in my life…so I can relate! Have a wonderful life! CHOOSE to have a wonderful life!
      Tammy

  3. Our family was horrified when a man in horrific pain and his beloved wife, long-time family friends of ours, committed murder/suicide several years ago. The wife was the head of the nursing staff of an entire hospital (retired) and her husband had suffered for many years of horrific pain with no hope of recovery. They sought help from several doctors, with no improvement. They ultimately decided to take their own lives. They left no notes, but had all their affairs in order for the niece who would ultimately find them in their car on their property. This couple’s beloved young adult daughter had died many years earlier of a complication of a medication that a doctor gave to her, it was too high of a dose and it caused her to have a heart attack. So this couple had already been dealt a terrible blow. But we never dreamed that they were capable of doing this. I will never forget them and the depth of human suffering that they must have experienced. I cannot say that it was wrong. I only know that everyone has a breaking point and they reached theirs. We all hope that we can keep going and never allow ourselves to give up, when there is a chance of happiness and when there are those that need us to stay in this world. I should probably not be writing this, but I have never judged this couple for what they did, I only wish that I had known how deep was their pain that I was not able to do something to reach out and help somehow. We all have more strength than we realize, we should never let ourselves sink so low that we cannot reach out for help, which is there if we only ask for it.

    • Thanks for sharing that Julie. What an awful situation that couple must have found themselves in. So tragic. I know we all may consider “checking out” on occassion..but as you say, we try to stay around for loved ones. It’s hard to feel so alone and like there is no where to turn…even when in reality, there probably is. Thanks for reading Julie!

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