Why Depression Untreated, is Really Bad for Your Health

 Depression is a common mental illness that can easily be treated

 sadwoman1

by uprunforlife | Aug 1, 2017

Often times the person suffering from major depressive disorder is in denial that they have a problem and feel that they are just sad. Unlike a bout of sadness, major depressive disorder affects every aspect of your life and it isn’t something that will go away on its own.

 

Continue Reading →

The Way we Communicate with Young People by Text, Saves Lives!

Amazingly, helping those in need by a crisis text line

Texting has become So important in helping the young!
We now understand the importance of Texting!
We support it totally!

TEXTING

by Nancy Lublin

 

How data from a crisis text line is saving lives

When a young woman texted DoSomething.org with a heartbreaking cry for help, the organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line for people in pain. Nearly 10 million text messages later, the organization is using the privacy and power of text messaging to help people handle addiction, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, sexual abuse and more. But there’s an even bigger win: The anonymous data collected by text is teaching us when crises are most likely to happen — and helping schools and law enforcement to prepare for them.

Continue Reading →

Women, Men and the Way We Write About Depression

Happy

Daphne Merkin is the author of the forthcoming book This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with
A woman is standing in her kitchen, making a pot of coffee, spooning out the pungent overpriced ground beans from their snappy little aluminum bag into a paper filter, trying to remember what number tablespoon she was on—four? six? three?—before the dark thoughts began tumbling in, doing their wild and wily gymnastics: You shouldn’t, you should have, why are you, why aren’t you, there’s no hope, it’s too late, it’s always been too late, give up, go back to bed, there’s no hope, the day is half gone, no, the day ahead is too long, there’s so much to do, there’s not enough to do, everything is futile, there is no hope.

My sister’s letter……

My sister's letter......        I am a pathological liar. I lie to everyone around me.   I say I have friends, that I am busy, happy, nice, smart.    The person I lie to the most is me. I tell myself that I'm worth something and that I prefer not to have anyone who likes me.   Everyone leaves a room I enter.   People stop talking when I get close.   When I say something it is ignored or made fun of.  In less than a day I can go from bouncing off the walls to don't even want to move.   Sometimes I go entire weeks where having no one who wants me around doesn't bother me at all, then I cry for weeks for being so pathetic that I don't even have one friend.   

Continue Reading →

Accepting the Reality of Mental Illness

 

Outpatient involuntary treatment needs to be considered.

A mentally ill young male kills innocents. He had struggled with – fill in the blank mental illness (autism, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia) – and did not receive treatment, or did not agree to treatment, or did not respond to treatment. He and his family tried to get help, but failed, and eventually his family gave up. The young man became a loner, living quietly on the margins of society, until, one day, he had enough and decided to kill himself.

Like suicide-by-cop, he decided to kill himself by killing others, thereby ensuring that police would kill him, and, if not, he could always kill himself at the end. It might be in a movie theater, or a subway station, or at a mall where a politician would speak, or – worst of all – in an innocent elementary school.

He had access to guns, yes, but it was an insane mind that pulled the triggers, a mind, often, with a treatable disease. Not infrequently, we know the disease, we know how to treat it, we have the treatments. It is sometimes the case that it is not lack of knowledge which leads to tragedy; it is the inability to implement what we know.

This is not a problem of ignorance; it's a problem of public will. 

Continue Reading →