I was sitting here thinking about some mainstream movies that may show you the human side and struggle with mental illness. It may help you understand the world through a sufferers eyes. It may help you be more compassionate and empathetic to their struggle. You also see how hard and challenging it is for the loved one to deal with their disease. Some good movies to check out that I think might help are The Soloist, A Beautiful Mind, and Rainman.
One of my daughter’s favorite quotes was that of Anne Frank.
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” This is what I am trying to live by everyday since my daughter passed away. I have made the choice to live and go on without her. Now, I’ve made the choice to be happy with the life I have to start again. Some days are good and some days are bad, but living is an adventure with so many beautiful possibilities.
When something so devastating happens, like losing a loved one suddenly, one questions themselves of how or why this happened. Only God knows how much I have questioned my daughter Aris’ death. Today, I got conformation that her suicide was not in vain. She committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. Now, the city in which she did this has had an alarming response. City Council members and other concerned citizens are trying to get barriers installed on that bridge to deter others from committing such a spontaneous act. This bridge has been in existence since the 1920’s, with people jumping off of it soon after its construction. When my beautiful angel lost her life, in 2013 finally, people had enough. She was just that special to change people’s heart, minds, and direction. I have formed my own nonprofit in response to this too. It has given me my new purpose in life. I was working a job that I was not passionate about. Now I’m trying to save lives by helping provide awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention. So, I thank Aris and God. Everything happens for a reason.
Are you depressed? Do you feel you have symptoms of depression? Most of us feel bad, sad, lonely, or depressed at times. Feeling depressed is a normal reaction to this thing called life. But when these feelings become so overwhelming and last for a long time, they can keep you from leading a normal life. That’s when it’s time to seek medical help. Not getting treatment can be life threatening. More than one out of every 10 people battling depression commits suicide.
What Are Symptoms of Depression?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Insomnia, or excessive sleeping
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
If you are depressed or feel someone you love is depressed, please contact a health care professional, immediately!