We initiated the previous blog stating a revelation about Depression by the World Health Organization that shook the entire planet. However, there is something that we did not mention in the previous blog. The same revelation by the World Health Organization also stated that most people suffering from depression throughout the world do not seek out proper help. And by most I mean above 70%. Now, that definitely is a matter to be concerned about. Nevertheless, today we will be directing our focus to focus over seven primary reasons that stop the depressed people from seeking out any sort of help.
We will initiate by explaining the fundamental reasons as to why most people who suffer from depression do not seek out any sort of help or treatment and gradually move on towards the complex ones. You must understand that there are primarily seven reasons as to why people do not seek out any kind of help during a severe mental health condition.
Most people who grab hold of this seriously nasty persona-destroying mental health condition, do not even know what is happening to them until it’s too late. The simple reason being unawareness. It may appear completely absurd to you but it’s a fact. Depression in the world of severe mental health problems is just like the discovery of a new planet in some distant galaxy expected to nurture life supporting atmospheric conditions but only known by a handful of experts. This newly found planet may be a mind boggling fact for the handful of experts who discovered it but to the rest of the world unbeknownst to its existence, the planet will merely be a child’s take on science fiction.
As of depression, not until the recent years was it acknowledged being the attribute of an escapee or a weak minded person. Hence, it is indeed quite obvious for people across the world to take up a few more years before they could finally consider depression a serious threat to someone’s mental health condition. Nevertheless, the longer people neglect the outcomes of depression, the more they stay prone to suffer from depression themselves. Fortunately, however, our previous blog on Depression & its Symptoms emphasizes over the most common symptoms that indicate the occurrence of depression, therefore shading some light of awareness upon the clueless mob of depressed sufferers.
- Social Stigma
The common stigma associated with any mental health condition is being “INSANE”. The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and ICD (International Classification of Disease) published by the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization relatively describe more than 400 types of not-so-normal mental health conditions and yet only a handful of them are categorized under the social bar of being “INSANE”. The self-proclaimed societal experts, on the other hand, have a very different view point over it. For them, anyone outperforming the society rules can be declared as “INSANE”, let alone someone seeking help under severe mental health conditions. This continuing stigma around the mental health problems have had existed for centuries and has a rather deep impact over the entire human race. The impact is so severe that it even compels a person fully aware of the extreme delicacy of mental health problems and the importance to cure it, to go into complete denial of the situation. What’s worse? Consequences post denial of such delicate situations may lead to obscure but definitely devastating circumstances.
So, the next time you feel there is something wrong with the mental wiring of one of your acquaintances (or yourself), do not hesitate to seek out help only because you are afraid of the society stamping on some illogical taboos over the entire mental health issue.
- Reluctance & Complacency
‘It’s just one of those days/ weeks/ months.’ ‘It’s a phase that is meant to pass through.’ ‘Relax! There’s nothing to be worried about it.’ Now, these are some completely shitty excuses to let go of your mental health condition. Unfortunately, for many people, reluctance and complacency become the primary reason for them to not seek out help at times of poor mental health condition.
Can you tell me of one time when you let go of your fever without getting the meds or consulting a doctor? No, you can’t and that’s because you never let go of such an illness so easily. What different is your poor mental health condition then? Just because something does not grant you physical uneasiness does not mean it will not harm you over time. You can never be too complacent of your health conditions, be it physical or mental let alone displaying a reluctant behavior. Seeking out help as soon as you sense depression can be the key to your cure.
- Trust Issues
Knowing that the stigma of being called “INSANE” runs hard throughout the entire human race, one cannot instinctively trust just anyone to share their feelings. Evidence says that almost 90% of the people suffering from depression tend to isolate themselves from the rest of the world. They would not attend the public get-togethers or go to some friend’s place over the weekends. Eventually, they would even avoid public talks and conversations. And they would continue to evade any and all kinds of contact to the entire world until one day, they want to scream and cry and share all of their feelings, all of their pain with someone only to discover that it is already too late.
No matter who you are, what you do, where you live, everybody has at least one person in their respective lives who can be trusted to keep all the secrets and share all of the joys and sorrows with. Always remember, a little sobbing won’t make you a pathetic loser. It will rather help you to loosen up yourself and drop of the rotten pieces of sentiments and bad memories that poison you from within. And sharing your feelings with an entrusted person will help you get back on the right track of your life.
- Delusional Adulthood
We live in an era of development where we are taught hundreds of lessons about developing ourselves as we grow up. We tend to learn a thousand more while we grow up. Some of the lessons that we learn indicate that self-development to be the strongest form of development which is often followed by the custom of growing into a self-reliant and a self-dependent adult. And while the lessons that indicate any of such things are meant to be implemented in the best way possible, they do have their vices. We often mistake these lessons indicating many delusional facts like ‘a true adult must face the troubles all by himself’ and ‘the tendency to seek out help is an attribute of the week’. As a consequence, such a delusional belief about adulthood leads a depressed person to try and come out of his poor mental health phase all by himself which in turn does not work most of the times, hence causing even worse tragic and painful conditions.
The solution to this problem is as simple as it could get. You must understand and acknowledge the simple truth that irrespective of you being an adult or not, you would never ever be able to perform all your tasks without proper help, guidance and assistance from others. So, the next time you feel your mind drifting into depression, don’t run a fool’s errand to do all the heavy lifting of curing yourself and seek out help.
Now, this is one of the most critical problems of all because of which a depressed person may not seek out anyone’s help. It takes time for a person to cope up with all the previously mentioned problems which prevent him from seeking out help while suffering from depression. And more often than not does the person take way too much time which develops a feeling of hopelessness. This feeling of hopelessness is further encouraged by the (now growing stronger) depression that he faces and this could lead him to give up all the efforts of seeking help simply because he believes that it’s already too late for him.
If you ever face such a situation understand this, you are not an expert on depression. If you were, then you might have already cured yourself. And since you are not an expert, do not lay down your “expert opinions” as to whether there is any hope left for you.
- Practically Existing Problems
Apart from all the aforementioned obstacles that hinder any depressed person to seek help, there could be a number of other issues that might prove to be bothersome. Problems such as the inability to afford expensive treatments or unavailability of an expert within reach may rule out all the others.
Well, don’t get too much excited if I say that today could be your lucky day. If you seem to suffer from depression or know someone who does and yet cannot get the deserved help because of the practically existing problems of unaffordability or unavailability of an expert, then you have come to the right place. Just click on the link provided at the end of this blog and register yourself (or your depressed acquaintance) for our FREE basic workshop on “HOW TO CURE DEPRESSION”.
Stay tuned for the time being and keep an eye on our next blog to help cure depression.