Before anything gets done, it seems, there has to be a prompting action. Sometimes, the action is quite simple. We say we are hungry, so we prepare a meal. Sometimes the action takes a bit more planning. We say we want a new car, we have to budget it for it, get a job, work overtime, or somehow raise the funds for it. Sometimes the action is more desperate. We say that we need a stoplight instead of a stop sign. It seems like it takes a number of accidents or deaths before the light goes up in an intersection.
The same appears to happen with illnesses. There are many cancers and other diseases out there; but, we remain relatively unaware of them and the need to screen for them until a celebrity breaks the news that he or she has a certain illness. Because of the celebrity’s popularity and the admission of an illness, many people get screened and many illnesses are identified early and people’s lives are saved.
Why does it take a dramatic illness or death to raise awareness?
We are experiencing that now with the recent suicides of two popular people. It points out a number of fallacies in life. Secular society tells us that money, fame, and influence secures happiness and fulfillment. However, we often find out, tragically, that is not true. Money, fame, and influence do not guarantee happiness or fulfillment.
Depression cannot be staved off by money or popularity. Depression is a serious illness and it takes treatment by professionals in order to help someone who suffers from it. There are many symptoms that signal depression. If you notice these in someone you care about, suggest to that person to seek help.
- Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
- Pessimism, indifference
- Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
There is also a 24 hour hotline that can be called if anyone feels suicidal: 1-800-273-8255.
You can make the difference in someone’s life. If you notice that they might be depressed or suffering in any way, reach out to that person. And, be kind to yourself. If you suffer from depression or suicidal thoughts, get the help you need. There are people who care about you and who can help.