depression can affect anyone

Depression Can Affect Anyone.

Depression can affect anyone from the poorest of the poor to the richest on the planet. It is does not discriminate.

To overcome depression we need to understand depression,  recognize it and own it then take action against it.

Most of us look at people living the high life, driving their fancy cars and living in a penthouse and we think they have everything going for them. There is no way they could be suffering depression like the poor lady down the end of my street or the kid who has no shoes to wear to school. We judge peoples’ potential to suffer depression by their financial status.

This could not be further from the truth. We need to open our eyes and look again.

Some of the happiest people I know are extremely poor and conversely some of the most affluent are also the most unhappy. There is no formula for who will suffer depression and who will not.

Both rich and poor can be affected by depression. Both happy and not so happy are also affected.

Yes depression can affect anyone.

                           Many people live in poverty

Affluence is not evident in all societies.

We were in Vanuatu a few years ago and what really struck me was the poor living conditions of many of the Nevan people but what impressed me was how intrinsically happy most of them were. We have probably all been to places where there exists a large portion of the population living in abject poverty. But take a second look. Are they miserable and depressed because of it? It seems they are not. These people might give the impression of being implicitly happy with their lot. They will greet you with a larger than life smile that makes your heart melt. You just feel the need to embrace them.

We couldn’t help but  love these beautiful people with their bare feet and huge smiles. What we also noticed is that they are a very giving people. They shared what they had with enthusiasm. They would invite us into their huts and offer us some local treats such as mango or taro or yam. The children were happy to play with our children in the scrub or on the beach. These people on the surface appear incredibly generous and intensely happy.

Struggling in every village are a few people who suffer deep depression and where once they would seek the help of the local village medicine man today they are presenting with all kinds of illness but depression is often the underlying cause. The arrival of modern society on these poorer communities may one day see a marked increase in people affected by depression, however our observation was that in their current state these poorer communities are less likely to be affected by depression than the more affluent western societies.

All Is Not As It Seems

More Affluent Societies = More Depression

In contrast we can return to any one of our major cities and we see a totally different story. We might see large and expensive homes, thousands of cars on the roadways and people all extremely busy  racing off to whatever is on their current agenda. It is true that people everywhere can suffer depression but it is more prevalent in more affluent societies where even the very wealthy can succumb to bouts of severe depression.

             

Neighbors hardly know each other. The play grounds which were once filled with children playing are now empty. Everyone is busy going this way and that but are they really happy?

There is one redeeming sign of interaction and connection between people and that is the rendezvous in the street. Many of the streets in the shopping areas will have people sitting outdoors, meeting with friends for a morning coffee. However we need to take a closer look here .

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Modern Society Is Vulnerable to Depression

Modern society with all its new technologies and mod cons is very susceptible and vulnerable to depression or other mental disorders. We are losing the ability to really connect with each other. Studies on depression across the world indicate that depression is more prevalent in the wealthier communities than poorer ones. This does not mean people in poorer communities do not suffer depression, they do, and it is becoming more evident in these societies as they are impacted by global reach through improved travel and communication.

Depression is a huge problem all around the world. It affects the poor and the rich, the haves and the have-nots, eastern cultures and western cultures but there are differences in its prevalence. It affects people of celebrity status and people of unknown status. It is not picky about who it affects. Depression can affect anyone.

Many studies have been done as to why, where and when depression might take a hold in a persons’ life and it has been found that for the most part there are no significant indicators. However, people from war torn countries or people who have suffered severe trauma are more likely to be affected by Post traumatic stress Syndrome. It is also evident that genetics can have a predisposing tendency to suffering depression.

I also wonder if the increase in mental illness is not associated with a decrease in spirituality but this will be the subject of another post.

According to World Mental Health, governments and civil societies around the world are being encouraged to

address depression as a widespread illness that affects individuals, their families and their peers, and to

recognize that it is a treatable condition. People should be alert to the early signs of any depressive

disorder—it can affect anyone, from very young people to elderly. It is now estimated that 350 million

people globally are affected by depression, and this alarming figure is a wake up call for us to address

this global non-communicable disease.

Own The Illness and Take Action Against It

The following is a list of strategies published by the World Mental Health Day for 2012 which are still very appropriate for people to adopt whether they are depressed or not.

Maintaining optimum health for everyone in our families and society in general will help us to reduce the incidence of depression across all levels of society.

• Consider some form of exercise daily. Exercise is good for both physical and mental health. Establishing a regular exercise routine will help maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress.

• levels, important for someone with depression.

• Try to eat a healthy balanced diet every day. A healthy diet, which includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, and is low in fat, will help keep your body healthy.

• There are many relaxation techniques to lower your stress, including meditation and deep breathing, which can help with depression. These techniques, widely used around the world, are a low-cost way to lower stress.

• Maintain healthy sleep habits, as much as possible. Set up a regular routine for bedtime and morning to be sure you are getting enough sleep, but not too much sleep.

• Avoid and reduce stress. Stress, both at work and home, can increase your feelings of depression. It is important to avoid stress in your daily life.

• Keep your working hours predictable and manageable. Openly communicate with family members

Conclusion: Depression is Everywhere.

Depression can Affect Anyone at anytime and of any social status

It does not discriminate between you and I, between him or her or across cultures. We can all fall victim. We can also all take action to avoid it impacting our lives and the lives of our families. Learn as much as you can about the triggers and symptoms and overpower it before it overpowers you or someone you love.

For those who would like to take a look at a list of 30 celebrities who have suffered depression I have included a link on the bottom of this page.

I will also include a video by Gary Turk which I think is food for thought for modern society and a wake up for the excessive use of mobile phones, . This is a must view video if

30 Celebrities Who Have Suffered Depression

This article looks at the lives of some well known celebrities, still alive  today who have opened up about their struggles with depression. Among them are people like: Cara Delevingne,  Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp,  Ellen Degeneres, Chris Evans, Angelina Jolie-Pitt,

This is further evidence that depression can affect anyone.

Don’t let it affect you and look out for your friends and family.

If you have found this post to be helpful in anyway then I would really appreciate your feedback. Please leave a comment below with your thoughts. 

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Comments

    • Carmen & Ben
    • March 6, 2019
    Reply

    Depression is indeed everywhere and everyone is vulnerable to it.  I had for sure postpartum depression a few times, and the first two times I had no idea what was wrong with me.  

    The third time, however, I recognized the symptoms and as you said I owned my illness and did something about it. 

    It’s not easy, but it’s doable.

    The most important thing is to remember that it’s not your fault to get depression, but it’s your responsibility to get out of it.

      • admin
      • March 6, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you for your comment Carmen and for your openness and can do attitude. . We do need to own it like we own any other health issue  we face in life. WE don’t just hide away and pretend it is not there but we confront it by taking appropriate action. 

    • Michael
    • March 6, 2019
    Reply

    Wow…. This is an incredibwle article.

    I really love the way you knitted this content together. Very awesome. I cannot help but agree with all you have written here. Depression doesn’t have master, It is everywhere and it can hit anybody regardless of your social class. This is one of the most extensive article I have ever read. God bless you for this.

      • admin
      • March 6, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks for commenting Michael.  We need to get away from the stigma of depression and see it as an illness that can strike anyone like any other illness. We need to take responsibility for our own wellbeing and not be afraid to ask for help when we need it. 

    • Daniella
    • March 6, 2019
    Reply

    Hi there,Awesome article, I loved the reading!I didn’t know there were so many celebrities that suffered from depression; this really shows that anyone can suffer from this illness. I had depression without knowing it when I was 20 years old. I couldn’t breathe, and my throat was hurting so much, and this went on for about three years. I went to a philologue, but it didn’t help me at all, things got worse. So, I decided to leave my country and go somewhere where I could find my happiness, and as soon as I left my country, I got healed. I could breeze again, and I forgot about my throat pains. I think that depression is something that is compressed inside of a person and when he does not exteriorize his feeling and does not accomplish he wants, then comes the depression. Well, that’s what I felt:) Don’t you think that happiness is a decision that people needs to make?

    Thank you!

      • admin
      • March 6, 2019
      Reply

      Thank you for your response Daniella. I was pleased to read that you were able to overcome your depression which manifested as a physical health issue.. It is important to take action for our own well being and you did that so congratulations on taking such a big step to improve your own well being. I think a lot of it comes down to having an attitude of gratitude.It is a positive mindset which is a decision we can all make. 

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