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Depression, the World’s # 1 Serial Killer

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Depression, the World’s # 1 Serial Killer

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Elizabeth Zamarripa-Lopez

 

Depression is ranked as, the world’s number one leading cause of death, worldwide.  Depression doesn’t discriminate, one can be the wealthiest, most beautiful, intellectually sound human being; however, mental illness can affect anyone.  Within the United States, alone, there is a prevalent case of 20 million people suffering from chronic depression.  In fact, there are a vast number of famous individuals; such as, Adele, Beyoncé, Demi Lovato, Zayn Malik, Selena Gomez, Kanye West, Cristina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga whom suffer from anxiety, and depressive disorder.

For instance, Adele is one of the most successful pop stars in our societal realm today, and she has publicly admitted to enduring panic attacks on stage, and feeling insecure about mastering a performance.  Adele attributes Beyoncé for opening up about her anxiety as well, and learned to deal with it by creating an alter ego; such as, Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce, etc.; including hiring a therapist as well.  Many of these wealthy celebrities have the resources to battle mental illnesses, and attain certified therapists.  However, unfortunately, people who derive from a low socio-economic background may not have the means to accessing suitable mental health care.

On a somber note, tragically, depression has led to either drug and alcohol abuse, or other self destructive paths; as in the case of the following rock stars who died too soon due to suicide: Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, and Chester Bennington.  For example, the late, Linkin Park former lead singer,  Chester Bennington once stated in a radio interview: ” It’s like a bad neighborhood in my head, I shouldn’t be left alone in there.”  Depression is a drastic illness which ignites thoughts of low self worth, and just consumes one’s mental psyche with morbid thoughts.

Depression may be attributed to a troubled childhood, adversity, or chemical imbalance.  According to Medical News Today, there are studies in which the lack of serotonin may also become the catalyst for depression.  It is quite evident that trials and tribulation, or traumatic incident one experiences enhances depression, and anxiety at its worst.  Whatever the case may be, there must be a nationwide approach in ensuring that mental health care is affordable, and easier to access for those who suffer from depression, and do not have the necessary funds for treatment.  There is a dire need for mental health resources for everyone, and it is imperative to acknowledge and repair the gaps, collectively.

On a personal level, I suffer from anxiety and depression, and have reached out to make an appointment in order to speak to a professional about my anxiety disorder.  However, to my dismay, I was rejected in attaining assistance because I don’t have a formal “diagnosis.”  I literally called 7 facilities and it was the same old story, so to speak, “Well, I’m sorry, but if you are not diagnosed with either a major mental illness; such as, bi-polar disorder, or other, then, anxiety does not qualify you to obtain an appointment at our medical clinic.”  Seriously, this is a joke, our mental healthcare, or lack there of, is ridiculous to say the least.

I decided to make it my life long mission, and bring forth awareness to advocate by using my voice as a journalist in order to help anyone who is suffering from depressive disorders.  I am a former educator and often witnessed children and teens; including adults who struggled with depression, or other mental illnesses.  I became a mentor to all of my former students; whether it was during lunch, or after school, I was there to talk to them in order to help.  If is was beyond my control, I certainly informed a counselor, or more qualified staff to assist my students with their situation.

I have had several acquaintances whom took their own life due to depression, and it is an alarming thought to know that so many others suffer from this debilitating mental disease.  This is the reality, anxiety and depression is a major illness, and it should be recognized accordingly, so that people may attain the healthcare treatments they deserve.  In my observation, evidently, some people may have the outlet, within the entertainment realm, or other avenue to express their thoughts, whether it’s via singing, song writing, acting, etc., and overcome the mental illness battle; yet the rest aren’t as fortunate.

In my perspective, awareness is a key element in any given situation.  I was often ashamed to speak out about my anxiety due to fear of it being a sign of weakness.  However, I know I’m not alone, and instead I am turning a negative situation, and making it my mission in life to educate others, and offer my support in the quest for improving health mental services for all.  Therefore, if I can help shed some light on this deadly serial killing entity; then, I have done my job, as a human being.  I urge everyone to seek help, talk to a friend, and vent to a relative, or other in case you are enduring depression.  In my case, venting or crying in order to release those emotions is a powerful method to alleviate my mind.  I’m not here to preach, but I must indicate that personally, prayer and exercise has been my number one natural, and spiritual treatment that no pill can ever overpower.  Here are some helpful contact numbers: 1-800-273-8255, or Crisis Text line: Text DBSA to 741-741

 

Source: Medical News Today, thevelvetevolutionweebly.com

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