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Mental Health

I talked to my friend today, let’s call him Joe. He had just gotten back from visiting an old school chum and, as it turns out, he was somewhat upset with their rendezvous. Joe feels that he isn’t up to par with his career. I told him it doesn’t matter if you wear an Armani suit or nursing scrubs, as long as you’re happy and/or making efforts towards a happier life.

Currently, Joe is attending a med school (that’s right, he wants to be a doctor). In order to make sure he meets basic financial needs, he plays the role of waiter during the evening while he attends classes during the day. His buddy landed a pretty nice gig as an analyst within some sort of securities firm; he graduated from a graduate school for business a little over a year ago.

Now, why am I telling you all this? Well, first off, my friend feels he is stuck in a rut and isn’t going anywhere, whereas, his friend seems to have it all. Secondly, it ties in to mental health. This blog is about health all around, not just physical health, and mental health is an important aspect to an individual’s well being. One of the greatest afflictions attributed to mental health is depression.

Now, I’m not saying that my friend is suffering from clinical depression, but when he stated that he felt he was going nowhere, I did feel concerned. I felt concerned that down the road he may be one of the 19 million people who suffer from depression. The causes of depression vary, including genetics, stress, even the physical state of an individual plays an integral role. Also, many folks handle it differently: some stay quiet, others talk it out with friends and family, a few use antidepressants.

If necessary, take some sort of depression test, in order to conclude whether or not you do suffer from such a medical illness. However, if you know someone who is displaying signs of depression, listen, help in one way or another, and even educate yourself about the matter. Don’t push for depression treatment, rather, encourage it.

Well folks, depression is a very serious topic, there’s no doubt about that, and there is way more to it than what is mentioned in this blog. I really hope no one undergoes such an ordeal. However if you do find yourself in such a position, remember that help is never too far away in any direction you turn. Good luck, and take care!

Categories: Summer Fun
  1. Kim
    June 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

    You’re right, Erik, when you’re suffering depression, you don’t have to suffer alone. There’s lots of help out there… real live people and internet bloggers and personal physicians. Taking drugs isn’t the only option, but very often it helps at the very beginning of the journey toward health. Friends don’t let friends suffer.

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