DEPRESSION DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE

Over the past month or so, (especially since the deaths of celebrities – Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade), I’ve constantly heard people say: “how can you be depressed if you’re rich, it doesn’t make sense”

I can’t begin to describe how ignorant I find this comment to be.  There is an immense of people who feel this way, which makes me realize how little people know about depression, and the toll it can take on a person.  Let me just begin by saying that I’ve been depressed after certain situations temporarily, but I’ve never battled full fledged depression.  I’ve never once contemplated suicide or harming myself in any way, so I will not talk about something I know nothing about.  I can just give my opinion on the topic.

Depression does NOT discriminate, and can target anyone, it is not a disorder that is just for “poor people”.  We have to stop this stigma because it insinuates that rich people CAN’T have problems – We are quite familiar with the saying: “More money more problems”, and we all know it’s true.  When you have money, you can have fake friends around you, who claim to care but are just there for the money.  Not to mention being in the public eye and constantly ridiculed every minute of the day (that can break a person down). You can find yourself surrounded by a group of people and STILL be alone.  Don’t believe me still?  Click on the link here to see the many celebrities who have dealt with depression.

So many think that depression is experiencing bouts of sadness, when it’s so much more than that.  Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors, and can happen at any age

The signs & symptoms are:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Have you ever experienced depression?  Do you know anyone who has?  Have you tried to help in anyway?  Let’s chat about it

 

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4 thoughts on “DEPRESSION DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE

  1. I, like you, have dealt with bouts of depression that just passed on its own. I think the problem I’ve had (and other people who’ve mentioned the amount of money these celebrities had) using their deaths as examples is that they had resources. If nothing else, even if they felt alone in a really dark place, they had money to get help or medication. I think that’s why some people refer to depression as a poor man’s disease.

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    1. I feel what you are saying, and that could be how they see it. But then you have to realize too, that some people dont want to actually admit that they are depressed. so in order to get help you have to admit that there is a problem. that’s when things get tricky

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