Jumping Off The Bridge

Man sitting on wooden bridge overlooking snow-covered mountains and lake

When Depression Blows Up In Your Face

Imagine suffering from depression since your adolescent years but never talking about it with anyone. Your culture considers mental illness to be a taboo and you view psychiatric medications as something that only “crazy people” take. So all that you’re left with is depressive feelings haunting you every day of your life, until you feel like jumping off the bridge.

This is how many people feel every day, especially those who don’t seek treatment. Some people do seek behavioral counseling but counseling is not always enough; as a matter of fact, it almost never is. The evidence in the literature demonstrates that both medications and therapy is the best treatment for depression; not one or the other.

The scary thing about depression is that you may have been suffering from it for years and believe that you have it under control, until it randomly blows up in your face. Depression can be like COVID-19: it can unexpectedly strike at anytime. One day you may be sad like you typically are and the next you are getting drunk and walking towards a bridge with the intention of jumping off.

Depression is not an illness to take lightly. It has the power to end your life whenever it feels like it. You may think that you have your depression under control, until it decides on a random day to try to kill you. Because you are already mentally weak from the illness, when it does decide to kill you, you may not have enough strength to stop it. That’s how many end up committing suicide and people wonder why they never saw it coming.

If you are experiencing depression, no matter how mild or severe, you need to seek treatment immediately! Do not wait until you end up in a CPEP to start seeking treatment. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Just like the coronavirus is infecting people all around the world, the same applies with depression.

Take your mental health seriously.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)