There is a pandemic in town, and no it’s not the novel COVID-19. It has gnawed the mind through and through, stretched its tentacles to the world at large. Human beings are susceptible to feeling sad, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities. If these feelings persist, affecting our lives; it may be depression. According to WHO, depression is the main cause of disability worldwide. Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest that results from a mood disorder.

We live in a society where survival is key. People rub their strength on others because of their brute nature. Bullies, rapist, thieves and other miscreants carry out their malfeasance without concern for the noxious effects it etches on the victim. Overtime, the abused tend to unconsciously or consciously shove down their bitter experiences as time go by. 

Isn’t time supposed to heal all wounds? 

Despite the availability of shrinks, counsellors, families, friends, and religious leaders, the rate of depressed individuals is still alarming. Those who cannot heal from the memory of their ordeal should not be regarded as weaklings. Let’s just say every human differs in emotional strength   

Recently, I saw a movie titled Beyond the Lights. Summarily, the movie centers on a celebrity (singer) who was having trouble dealing with her success to the point of attempting to commit suicide. But for the help of a police officer, she would have fell off the banister from the top floor. What this undoubtedly means is that celebrities are not immune to this silent killer. 

I will tell you a few.

Last month, Bollywood actor, Sushant Rajput committed suicide by hanging from a fan in his house. Investigations showed that the Chhichhore star was suffering from depression and he had stopped taking his anti-depressants. 

On 15 February 2020, Caroline Flack, television and radio presenter was found dead by hanging in her flat in Stoke. In the wake of her death, British politicians blamed the social media networks for failing to prevent harassment and bullying on their platforms.

One strong nexus to the cause of suicide is anhedonia which is also a common symptom of depression.

Behind the ostentatious display from our loving actors, divas, artists, fashion designers, business tycoons and athletes who don their best outfits and smile on the red carpet, changing positions upon the numerous flashes by their cameramen, many of them still suffer from an array of mental illness—anorexia nervosa, bulimia, postpartum depression (PPD), bipolar disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addiction, noisy brain just to mention a few. 

The notion or cliché that depression is a poor man’s disease is a blatant lie. Of course, some poor persons are most likely to be depressed as a result of their inability to have the basic amenities of life.

Reach out to your loved ones often. Who knows, your show of affection might just be the reason the person decides to live another day.

This article was written by Oyedotun Damilola Moses; connect with him on Instagram via here  

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