On 20th July, heartbreaking news broke out about the sudden departure of Chester Bennington (lead singer of rock band Linkin Park). He too was battling with depression and for him, suicide was the only way out. The singer was loved by millions of fans from all over the world, unfortunately depression affects anyone.
Chester Bennington actually cried for help. Watched the entire interview and yo I'm in tears 😭 pic.twitter.com/gI1abJRrv2
— Gem (@Gem_Djanie) July 23, 2017
Depression is hard to understand. But if it can kill Robin Williams, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington I'd say it's pretty damn real.
— George Shrouder (@GshroudOCTW) July 20, 2017
Chester Bennington and Linkin Park got me through tough times. Music can help you out, but I wish it helped him out.
— CAMUS. (@cavemancamus) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester Bennington. You inspired an entire generation of music fans. Depression is very real, if you're suffering talk to someone ❤️ pic.twitter.com/oELBO4Nuhj
— Impericon UK (@impericon_uk) July 20, 2017
— Christian Baila (@tianszy00) July 21, 2017
Linkin Park's music got me through my own depression as a preteen and teenager. My heart goes out to Chester's friends & family. 🤘🏼
— Renée Reynosa (@lolrenaynay) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Anxiety and depression among musicians is real serious issue that isn't discussed enough and shouldn't be taken lightly.
— (LALALALA) LAKIM (@LAKIMisAlive) July 20, 2017
The severe feeling of dejection and hopelessness is cited as depression. Depression affects your thoughts, behavior, mood, and people around you. Often it is said that depression goes away with time, but it is not some feeling that stays for a little while and goes away.
So how can one tell whether someone is depressed?
SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
There are some symptoms that can help in pointing out if a person is in a state of depression or not:
- Having trouble in concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty in remembering details
- Always feeling fatigued and low on energy
- Having the feeling of hopelessness
- Thinking of oneself as worthless
- Always feeling irritated
- Can be appetite loss or overeating
- Thinking of suicide/suicide attempts
We all feel lonely, sad and depressed from time to time, and it is normal to feel depressed over the loss of someone, struggles in life or any other reason. The problem begins when these feelings start to grow and the period of their stay prolongs.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEKING HELP
People with depression often seem to think that there is no other option, and they choose something seriously devastating, suicide. One can seek help from many sources. There are people such as:
- Family members
- Mental health counselors
- Depression groups and other sources
A person that is depressed can have his mind changed about various things by just seeking for help.
Here are some reasons that can highlight the significance of looking out for help:
A PERSON STARTS TO ACCEPT THE REALITY
Accepting the reality is the first stage of recovery from depression. The basic issue that is faced by people suffering from depression is that they find it difficult and unbelievable that they are battling with depression. By seeking help, they will be given consultation and they will come to accept the reality.
IT HELPS IN COMING BACK TO NORMAL LIFE
People that are suffering from depression cut themselves away from the society. Cutting from the society means that a person starts spending more time alone, and the loneliness leads to more depression. Giving more time to a depressed person can help in eliminating the loneliness. Isolation is one of the main reasons that increase the level of depression.
SEEKING HELP MAKES A PERSON TO VALUE LIFE AGAIN
When a person seeks help from their family and friends, that person needs that reassurance that ‘Life can be lived happily”. One thing that a depressed person needs to know is that there is nothing to feel ashamed of seeking help.
If you think you are depressed or feel mostly sad than happy, seek help. Go see a doctor or contact the South African Depression And Anxiety Group:
For counselling queries e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday,
Call: 011 234 4837 / Fax number: 011 234 8182
For a suicidal Emergency contact us on 0800 567 567
24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14
SMS 31393 (and they will call you back)