Yesterday it just happened to see a news paper.In that I found one horrible news. A man committed suicide. He was the father of four children, the oldest being 11, the youngest being 3, and his wife found him in their bedroom where he had hanged himself.
I am telling you this because when I read this news, I almost hit the floor. That could have been anyone who is under depression. It could have been your kids who were left without a parent, spouse without a partner. During the worst times you can think about suicide. You can think about how you will do it, perhaps hang yourself with the dog’s leash, or maybe grab every pill you have in the cabinet and drown them with a couple shots of tequila. You want to do something, anything to stop the pain.
Too much is misunderstood about depression, and too many people do not take it seriously. That’s why I have been so open about what I studied about depression, to try and put a face to it for those of you who don’t understand it. It’s a physically painful disease, one that can ruin lives, one that can kill. I almost died from it.
We should wrangle our insurance companies to get them to pay for all the psychiatric treatments we receive since having the baby. They won’t pay for NOTHING, including your hospital stay. This makes no sense considering that we are on one of the best insurance plans offered in this country, and we’ve had no problem having OTHER medical concerns covered. Why is mental health any less important than the health of the heart? Or the liver? Or the goddamned pinky toe?
Let us think,your kid is playing on the bed at the presence of you,parents..And see from another eye how good the moments are!! Just think about how you can be the father/mother and partner your family deserves. YOU ARE SO THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE.
If you are depressed, please know that you are not alone. Please get help. If you know someone who is depressed, please understand that they are in pain, and please help them get help. Most importantly, listen to music a little louder, dance a little crazier, sing out loud in the shower, honk your horn for no reason, give your pet an extra treat, call your mother and tell her you love her, hug your friends even if they aren’t the touchy-feely type, eat chicken or anything else once even though your diet tells you not to, walk around your house incessantly, and hold tight to your family.

4 Comments so far

  1. Vaidehi (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

    I’m so glad you decided to post something like this, Gangadhar. Loss of a parent pushed me into severe depression and I even tried out ways to kill myself. I’m not telling this as propaganda, but because I don’t know who is reading this right now..Please, if you’re depressed…go out..let yourself be, don’t be too harsh on yourself. And always, always remember, bad times do come to an end.Depression is not a disease, a state of mind. And I know how painful it is. But you have a right to happiness and a mentally healthy life. Seek help. Try to smile.

    And yes, do all those things mentioned above. They are really worth doing.

  2. Mallik (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

    MIND, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with. (source :devil’s dictionary). And actually, people in depression has nothing to come out of it but their own mind. It is completely a tunable thing. It pains more when repairing than when it is ill.

  3. Gangadhar (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    Me felt very good that you recovered from depression..Loss of a parent is a huge loss for everyone..That vaccuum cannot be filled so easily..I feel proud of you..I don’t think it’s a propaganda or something like that..It gives courage to somany people who’re in depression..

    gud to see you comment,Vaidehi…

  4. Gangadhar (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Gud to see your views,Mallik
    Thanks for sharing devil’s dictionary thing…yeah you’re right…it’s a tunable thing…

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