Only Eighteen And Depressed

Young depressed person sitting on ground with leaves by stone wall with head down

Multiple Failed Suicide Attempts

One of the saddest things to see in the field of psychiatry is depression that hits the lives of young ones. Anyone young is considered 18 and below because they’re either barely an adult or still an adolescent or child. Think back to when you were 18 and how you felt like you were on top of the world, mature and an adult able to make your own decisions. At the time, you weren’t able to recognize your immaturity.

But now that you are older and look back at how you used to think and behave, you quickly realize without a shadow of a doubt how immature and potentially dangerous your decision-making was back then. Now as a psychiatrist, seeing an 18 year old suffering from severe depression and two failed suicide attempts breaks my heart.

Many of these young folks already have depression running in their family; in other words, they are genetically loaded. But it’s not like they’re born depressed or it just comes out of the blue. Most of the time, it’s environmental triggers that bring out the depression. Once it comes out, because they are so young and predisposed to experiencing it, the depression hits hard.

It’s interesting because these patients can tell you about some potential triggers to their depression, but do not exactly know what caused them to become depressed. In other words, they often state that it just came upon them and it doesn’t necessarily have to be around the time of the triggers; it can be months later.

Generally, the younger the age of onset of a mental illness, the higher the chances of a worse prognosis. In the case of severe depression, suicide attempts are not a surprise. Many of these patients won’t necessarily tell you that their intent was to end it all; they either feel ashamed and embarrassed or do not know the reason themselves due to the severity of their depression, which impairs their judgment, impulse and even insight sometimes.

The hard fact is that depression kills many lives every day all around the world. That’s why we must continue to remain strong and come together to share our stories, thoughts and feelings on a daily basis.

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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.

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