feelings of severe despondency and dejection.“self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression”¨It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness.¨-J.K.Rowling
Depression is more than just being sad. It isn’t just a phase. If not treated quick enough, the results can be severe. I have seen the results first hand. I have never been through it, but I have seen many of my friends go through it. It may have started because of school, or their parents arguing, but it descended into something much worse after that. Some can come out of it, while others never do, until their death in one circumstance or another. Here we have a fictional short story to share with you, that will explain depression on a different level. It’s about a sophomore named Edward, who has experienced depression, and overcame it.
Edward was just a normal highschooler. He had good grades, and he had a good group of friends. He had no problem with his life, but then his parents started fighting. He didn’t know what they were fighting about, but when he was in bed, they brought him up. From what he heard, he was almost certain that he caused the argument. After the initial argument, his parents didn’t talk to each other as much as they used to. This frightened Edward, as he believed his parents didn’t love each other anymore.
Because of this, Edward began to retract from his social life, and entered the early stages of depression. He lost his friends, and his grades began to slip. His parents argued more now, and he knew it was over him and his grades. He began to notice problems with his family as they wouldn´t eat dinner together anymore, and began to communicate through writing, rather than speaking.
“My life is just one constant battle between wanting to be alone, but not wanting to be lonely.” – Anonymous
He continued his spiral deeper into depression, and he was approaching his low point. When it seemed he would never recover, one of his closest friends took the initiative and talked to him. Edward told his friend what he was upset about, and since his friend knew his parents, he came to his house and told his parents. His parents were so caught up in Edward’s grades and their argument that they hadn’t thought there was anything wrong with Edward.
When his friend reached out, Edward saw that his life could be good, and if he worked to improve it, it would become better. When his parents stopped fighting, he became better, and he was no longer depressed. He was happy, and his friends came back.
In this case, Edward recovered with the help of his friend. But not every depression case is this way, not everyone has someone to help them. This is where I ask you, the reader, to take notice if someone you know is acting differently and may be depressed. I have seen the way that depression can affect people. Depression can cause people to think irrationally, as happened to my friend. People with depression will almost never tell you outright that they are depressed, so it is on you as someone close to them to take the initiative and talk to them. Depression is not a phase, it is an illness. Someone with depression will often need someone to lift them up, because they can’t do it themselves. So please, if someone you know is experiencing depression, talk to them, you may be the only person to do so.
Roughly 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression every year.
1 in 4 young adults will suffer an episode of depression before age 24.
Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men.
People who are depressed are more prone to illnesses, like colds, than non-depressed people.
Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty may make people who are already susceptible to depression all the more vulnerable to the illness.
Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
There are interrelationships between depression and physical health. For example, cardiovascular disease can lead to depression and vice versa.
Depression affects all people regardless of age, geographic location, demographic, or social position.
The World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the 2nd highest medical cause of disability by the year 2030, 2nd only to HIV/AIDS.
Many creative individuals experienced depression, including Ludwig van Beethoven, John Lennon, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sylvia Plath.
Over 8% of adolescents in the United States suffer from depression at a given time.
Source- Do Something.org
8% of adolescents would be about 2 people in a classroom. Think about that, if there were 2 people who were depressed in every class room you were in. What would you do. Be the friend to Edward, help them come out of their depression and become their friend. Make sure that they are O.K. whilst a small action, this can change the world, and even save someones life.