We have all had those times where we felt deeply blue, including me. But are we fully aware of the risks we take by letting our mind fall into the helpless, bottomless trap of what is known as depression? If you are a parent, let me ask you this, are you certainly aware of your child's mental and physical health? It seems that most teenagers tend to hide their depression. Experts stated that depression is the second leading cause of death in young adults around the age of 15-29. Almost 800,000 people around the globe die from suicide yearly. That is around 2200 deaths a day!
Now there are thousands of triggers that cause depression, one of them is love or more precisely, unrequited love, rejections and relationships. First of all, what is depression? Depression is a serious condition that not only affects your physical health but also your mental health, which can last for a specific amount of time, perhaps a day, a week, a month or even more! As mentioned before a common link to depression is love and relationships, for example, rejections and unrequited love (one-sided love). This commonly occurs around teenagers more often rather than other age groups such as adults.
During the past year, I went through depression for at least a solid 8-10 months. The reason being, mostly to do with unrequited love. One of my close friends began dating the person I was attracted to or even obsessed with. At that time he knew that I liked her and even with that fact in mind he still continued. Although respectfully saying, the proposal was from the girl. At first I accepted it with ease and thought that I could easily get over it, clearly I was wrong.
As they began showing their affection for one another it struck me right in the heart. During the following months I showed signs of depression such as repetitive crying. It hurt so bad, as if my heart was encased in a large dark silent cage, eager to escape from the pain of sadness, loneliness, and heart brokenness. Eventually it got to the point where it became a serious issue, perhaps even involving death itself. I was extremely horrified as to what my future will be like and I knew that I had to act now or who knows if I would make it back.
From my experience, depression can literally be related to a pandemic. A highly contagious virus that feeds off the mind, inserting poisonous toxins that consist of many factors such as rejections, unrequited love, and thousands more.
This in summary is why we must not allow this virus to potentially become the number one leading cause of death in teens around 15-29. There are professionals out there trained to handle teens with depression. Organisations like “BeyondBlue”, “Black dog institute” and “Mind Australia”. Most of these professionals have dealt with depression themselves so they know a fair amount of how you are feeling. Although, in my belief, one issue is that the majority of teens tend to hide their depression, perhaps in fear of how others may respond.
Do not be frightened, because like mentioned before, these highly well trained professionals have dealt with what you are going through. If we all put an effort to help those feeling blue, I am well certain that together we can finally put an end to this horrific pandemic.