- 17 hours ago
"If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them."
- 1 day ago
- 1 day ago
1. Most of the things people will say to help you are profoundly and dangerously unhelpful.
Thanks to a plethora of misinformation about what depression actually is, people often seem to think that saying things like “just be happier,” “don’t be depressed,” and “just try harder” are legitimate pieces of advice. They are not.
2. It physically hurts.
In the human body’s least amusing attempt at metaphor, many depressed people report physical symptoms like muscle ache, joint pain, and stabbing sensations in the chest. If you are depressed and feeling pain, check with your doctor to discuss possible causes.Retort / Via abooksofathomless.blogspot.com
3. Asking for help feels counterintuitive.
One of the many lies depression will tell you is that nobody cares about you, so you won’t want to “bother” people by reaching out to them. Fight this lie. Wrestle it to the ground. Punch it in the face. Somebody will listen to you.pablographix / Via Thinkstock
4. Your relationship with food changes to “it’s complicated.”
Whatever moderation there is between “forgetting to eat for a day” and “eating all of the things” just isn’t on the menu anymore. Poor eating habits can make depression worse, though, so seek medical help if your diet becomes worrisome for you.Choreograph / Via Thinkstock
5. Some “friends” might ditch you (and that is OK).
Some of your so-called friends won’t know how to be around you and will vanish in the haze. Let them go and keep doing you. It’s the people who stay that will make a difference.Warner Bros. Television / Via giphy.com
6. You feel like you are absolutely losing your mind.
Depression is a shape-shifting mental disorder; it co-manifests with panic attacks, compulsive thoughts and habits, social phobia, and any number of other issues. Remember that you are not “crazy.” You are sick and you can get better.Warner Music / Via youtube.com
7. Everything will start to annoy you. Even you will start to annoy you.
Irritability is a symptom of depression that doesn’t get enough attention. Feeling grumpy is just a part of the process, and you shouldn’t be made to feel bad about it.Paramount Pictures / Via vnesateox.blogspot.com
8. Everyday tasks will feel overwhelming.
Something as simple as making a bowl of cereal suddenly has too many steps and now you’re frustrated with yourself and oh dear, don’t cry…Via smosh.com
9. It’s nearly impossible to tell when it’s just your “depression talking.”
Trying to tell your healthy, rational thoughts apart from the stuff that wouldn’t cross your mind if you weren’t depressed is like scooping only the pee out of a swimming pool, but being able to tell that difference is an important step on the road to recovery.Columbia Pictures / Via degrassi.wikia.com
10. Depression will wreak havoc on your sleep schedule.
You can’t sleep when you want to, but when you actually have somewhere to be you get knocked out with a completely unplanned, five-hour nap.mactrunk / Via Thinkstock
11. Depression can also mean not feeling anything at all.
If you’re depressed it’s assumed that you’re sad, but depression can also make you feel numb and/or emotionally exhausted. No matter what other people say, that’s still depression; if you feel emotionally numb or blank you should report it to your doctor or therapist.Gold Circle Films / Via gingygang.wordpress.com
12. It’s incredibly boring.
Imagine that you can only watch one thing on Netflix, and it’s an 80-season show with 24-hour episodes. Imagine that you have no interest in this show or its characters or its plot. When you are depressed, your life might feel like that TV show. Try to distract yourself for brief periods of time with anything that will hold your attention and stave off the boredom, however temporary the distraction is.monkeybusinessimages / Via Thinkstock
13. You’ll feel guilty.
What’s worse than being depressed? Feeling like you’re a selfish, ungrateful failure for having a disorder you can’t control. This is a common depressive thought, and is not true. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you identify depressive thoughts and emotions (like guilt) and can give you tools to work through these feelings.NKMandic / Via Thinkstock
14. Probably because people will tell you things that make you feel judged.
Yes, people are starving. Yes, there are people with “real problems.” That doesn’t make you any less sick.Monkey Business Images Ltd / Via Thinkstock
15. Your dreams get weird.
Some studies say that as people move through the stages of their depression, the content and quality of their dreams fluctuate.Legendary Pictures / Via dailypopin.blogspot.com
16. Mirrors become your worst enemy.
Low self-esteem is a symptom of depression, so your mirror can remind you of how much you dislike the way you look or who you are. Sometimes it’s best to just cover them up for a few days.RCA / Via vulture.com
17. Depression will seem like a “logical” state to be in.
Some studies show that depressed people have an unusually realistic worldview, so you might rationalize your depressive thinking (“I am a bad person”) as an incontrovertible fact. This is not true, and therapy can help you understand how depression flaws your logic.Apatow Productions / Via badbooksgoodtimes.com
18. So you will earnestly argue with people over how terrible you are.
“I think you’re awesome.”
“NO YOU DON’T, I’M CLEARLY THE WORST PERSON EVER GO AWAY.”PeteSherrard / Via Thinkstock
19. Trying to reenter society after being depressed for a long time is very awkward.
It might be a while before you feel good around people again, so it’s OK to take your time and slowly reintroduce yourself into social situations.Villiage Roadshow Pictures / Via bitterstar88.tumblr.com
20. You won’t be able to think clearly about your future.
Not only does this nuke your capacity for hope, it also renders meaningless the idea that at some point things will get better. If you feel like this, please take steps to seek medical help or talk to a trusted friend or counselor.Devonyu / Via Thinkstock
21. Depression will make you feel that you are alone. You are not alone.Color Force / Via hungergamesrpg.skyrock.com
If you need information on depression or want to talk about your depression, you can call the Crisis Call Center at any time of the day. Their national number is 1-800-273-8255 and all calls are free of charge.
If you don’t like talking on the phone but still want to be heard, forums like the Reddit boards r/depression and r/anxiety have strong communities of people who may be working through an illness similar to yours.
For more information on your depression, the National Alliance on Mental Illnesshas up-to-date research in the field of psychology as well as articles and fact sheets on mental illness.
- 4 days ago
A tiger walks into a liquor store…there’s no punchline here.
Is that… a frisbee?
He just wants to play catch
I want to know the story behind this
I want dat 911 call the clerk is making
Dude who would we even send to that? I know AC ain’t gonna take it. Wildlife?
Send an officer to verify presence of tiger. Contact Carolina Tiger Rescue. Demand pix from responding PD unit. Consider having EMS on standby.Source: ForGIFs.com
- 4 days ago
- 1 week ago
THIS BEAUTIFUL PERSON IS TRYING TO TAKE HER LIFE. SHE’S ALREADY OVERDOSED AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I’VE DONE ALL I CAN AND IM SITTING HERE CRYING PLEASE, IF YOU’RE ONLINE, PLEASE TALK TO HER
Step 1: where is the person? If you have an address that’s best; call 411 (information) and ask to be connected to the police department for that town (or county). If you are currently in the same town as the individual, you can call 911 directly. If you don’t know where the person is at all (you don’t know their address or even their town or state) call 911 and let them know you don’t know where the person is but you believe they have attempted to overdose. Give 911 as much information about the person as possible (full legal name, date of birth, phone number, cell phone carrier, any online handles, physical description, name of persons they may be with, etc.) so that your calltaker can use that information to attempt to get a location on the person and notify the correct agency. Alternately, if you can convince the suicidal subject to call 911 themselves, that makes everything MUCH EASIER.
Step 2: make phone call as advised above based on what information you have.
Step 3: now it is in the hands of your local emergency services.
This has been an introductory guide to reporting potential suicide attempts so that the person can get help. An attempted suicide is absolutely a reason to involve emergency services.
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- 1 week ago