I have met many people that seem normal and carry on a normal lifestyle, but within they carry a world of burden. One person once said that if you think that someone has no problems it is because you do not know them. Some may think for instance that the rich do not have any worries, but think for a second.... Does money make you immune from not being able to have children, divorce, a rebellious teen, kidnappers holding your son at random, not having true friends just people that want your money? This may not cause depression in you, but it will for others. Depression usually starts to set in when we begin to compare our troubles with what should have been. The other part of depression comes when you feel unappreciated or no one cares…
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I have noticed many times in the news, especially when it about a crime where kids are shooting kids, mothers are drownding their children, employees or ex-employees are shooting fellow or former co-workers, etc., they are often blamed on the person being depressed or suffering from some form of mental problem. It seems to me that it is becoming more of a crutch to get the person a lesser sentence for what crimes they have done or attempted to do. But in a few cases, the person was actually suffering from depression or was mentally impaired.
I suffer from depression and anxiety attacks. Outside, I may seem happy-go-lucky all the time, but deep inside of me, I carry a lot of burdens and many worries. I do not feel depressed all the time and I don't have anxiety attacks often. But I was diagnosed for these conditions back in 1998. I was under alot of stress and many worries, because at that time, there were many things seeming to feel out of control in my life. I was also raising my oldest child by myself at that time as well. There was also many other things too. But I may talk about them or post about them one day, but I just don't want to get into much of that right now. I will say that it was a very trying time in my life. I am also supposed to be taking medication, but I didn't like the way it made me feel. So, I quit taking my medication and prayed alot for God to give me the strength to meet my problems head on and deal with whatever happens afterwards. But not once during my past bouts of depression or anxiety attacks, or the ones that I have had in the present, I have never, (and I mean NEVER EVER) did the thought ever cross my mind about hurting myself or someone else.
I believe that if a person is suffering from depression and they are thinking or acting like they are going to cause bodily harm, there are signs that are not hard to see or notice. Even to not know the person very well or a person that you just meet or talk to in passing, you could still notice something is a little off with that person.
|I believe that if a person is suffering from depression and they are thinking or acting like they are going to cause bodily harm, there are signs that are not hard to see or notice. Even to not know the person very well or a person that you just meet or talk to in passing, you could still notice something is a little off with that person.|
|QUOTE (JB@Trinidad @ 9-Jul 03, 2:59 AM)|
|Hidden depression in boys is a real problem.|
|Secondly, the women's rights movement has had some great results, but it has also made males much more cautious to share anything. Much of what was once considered male bonding is now called chauvinism, exclusion, or sexual harassment.|
Good point, Tenaheff. Perhaps what I have described is more a manifestation of the hypersensitive extremes of anti-male sentiment to which a few individuals subscribe in the name of women's lib. I have witnessed a sentiment from a small number of females I have known to the effect of, "How dare you be sad about anything? We've been through so much more!" This is more of a junior high school-level attitude problem than a widespread epidemic, but because of that general impression, I know I was more stoic around women, while my lack of interest in sports, etc. left me few male friendships. I was only making a conjecture from my own experience.
Sorry if my comment was offensive.
I wasn't offended, but I just had to disagree. :)
Anyone who takes the position that someone elses problems or feelings aren't important or relevent because they have been through so much themselves is really out of line. They may be a bit too sensitive themselves and take their insecurities out on others. The problem is, when this happens, we tend to blame the larger target, such as the women's rights movement.
Incidently, I think Boy Scouts should be for boys and girl scouts for boys, so in some areas this has been taken too far. However, in the area where feelings are concerned, I think the fact that men are "allowed" to be sensitive and caring, this is a good thing.
Breakthrough in Research on Depression Announced
Washington - Scientists have discovered a protein that seems to play a crucial role in developing depression, a finding that may lead to new treatments for the often debilitating illness - and fundamental understanding of why it strikes.