In the wake of Robin William’s death from suicide many people are discovering that depression can hit anyone, even the person who everyone thought was the happiest person alive.  The problem with depression and suicide should have been realized a long time ago.  People suffer so deeply from suicide and I would say it is one of the painful things you could experience.  Depression can make you numb to everything around you or it can make your entire body hurt so badly you can’t move. 

One of the most terrible things about depression is that it is very easy to hide.  The person that you see all the time and always has a smile on their face could also be the person that is hurting the most, and could be the person that cries themselves to sleep every night.  The people that need help coping with depression often do not seek it because of the public judgment that they can receive from it, and that they don’t want to face the truth that they are suffering this terrible mental disease that is plaguing their hearts and minds.

People cope with depression in both health and non-healthy ways, but most people choose the non-healthy route of help with the use of drugs, alcohol, cutting, burning, anorexia, and the like.  So not only for the rest of their lives must they cope with the struggle of depression in one way or they other, but they also must fight what becomes an addiction that they use as an outlet for emotional pain, and often times they are left with the scars to remember the pain by.

People can be depressed for a number of reasons, but one of the ways you as an individual can prevent causing someone’s depression is to treat everyone kindly.  You do not know what someone else is going through in life and you being mean to them could be the final straw that pushes them into a state of depression.  When someone already has depression the best things you can do for them is to support them in their battle, listen to them when they need to talk, make sure they do not kill themselves, and be nice and friendly.

Remember, you never know who is suffering.  Old, young, male, female, they could all be suffering this great pain.


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