Major Depression“Dead, but not allowed to die. Alive, but as good as dead.” ― Suzanne Collins
Depression is an equal opportunity illness. You can have everything, as Robin Williams did, yet be depressed.(see Dr.Linda Sapadin's column in PsychCentral
Depression is Treatable...
...yet less than half of those with depression worldwide are receiving treatment.
That's due in part to the stigma associated with the disease.
In 2009, the San Francisco Bay Area was shocked by multiple suicides by teenagers who just stepped in front a speeding comuter train. Letters to the San Francisco Chronicle Editor were so off-base, I wrote one to set the record straight.
"The Blame for Suicides"
A Family Tragedy
This misunderstanding about depression is what prevented my father from getting treatment.
My Dad lived in fear that someone, especially his employer, would know he suffered from chronic depression. (see depression stigma work)
Two years before his death, Dad was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
He went to a psychiatrist's office in another city because he was afraid someone would see him go. He left before dawn hours before his appointment.
The stigma of depression at work, real or imagined, kept Dad from getting help years earlier. Instead, our family endured his domestic violence and alcoholism triggered by untreated mental illness. (see my blog article Untreated Mental Illness in the Workplace-- a Family Tragedy -
This was the same man who yold me to
Dad died three months after my brother's death--perhaps of a broken heart. He was only 62.