Yes. Depression. It’s real, and no, it’s not something people can just “snap out of.” I want to start off by just providing some key facts about depression before delving into my personal experience dealing with it and how I finally recovered.
I was finally given the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That was a huge breakthrough for me. It made the way I felt and the severe mood swings I would experience feel validated. There was a reason. I now had words to explain what I was going through: mania, depression, hypomania.
Why is the number for male suicide so high? How do we lower it? I personally think the first step is for us dudes to become more comfortable talking about it. How can we get our fellow men to open up?
Harmful, stigmatizing narratives get reinforced by the media and pop culture, leading people with suicidal thoughts to further isolate and feel hopeless. These are the injustices that lead to suicide being the 10th leading cause of death in this country. People are genuinely afraid to reach out to get the help they need to survive.
My parents never directly told us that Grandma had died by suicide. My sister and I simply figured it out from overhearing hushed conversations. My grandpa had passed away two years earlier, and the stark difference between how the two losses were handled in my home was not lost on my 13-year-old self. It became clear immediately that we would no longer be discussing grandma, ever.
With no earlier experience with mental illness or plan for how to handle psychiatric emergencies, our family had no idea what to do or where to turn. We didn’t know that suicidal thinking is usually an emergency that requires immediate treatment. If my mother had received care when her suicidal thinking first started, we could have averted a possible tragedy.
A mental health crisis can take many forms—self-harm, panic attacks, suicidal ideation, getting in trouble with the law, planning or considering hurting one’s self or others—but no matter what kind of crisis someone might be going through, you can help.
The primary purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the oral drug AV-101 (an antagonist of the glycine receptor) versus placebo. The study aims to determine if this experimental drug has antidepressant effects and fewer side effects than other novel treatments for depression.
NAMI Chief Executive Officer Mary Giliberti expressed her heartfelt sorrow, “Today, we mourn the loss of one of our staunchest allies. Senator Domenici has been a longtime advocate fighting for equal treatment for mental illness.”
We won because of advocates like you. You called, tweeted, emailed and talked with your members of Congress about the importance of protecting mental health care. Thank you for your tireless dedication to the mental health movement.