Oh, I don’t want to talk about depression again, but I’m going to.
The recent school shooting in Oregon brought up the ‘mental illness’ topic again and it triggered some observations I have about depression.
I’m reading the book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, by Joshua Wolf Shenk. In the book, someone wrote about their observations of Lincoln. I’m sorry, I can’t remember who, nor could I find the sentence again in order to quote the correct person. I simply wrote down this line while I was reading.
“Many personal crises stripped from him nearly every layer of his fragile identity”.
When I suffered my last bout of depression, that’s what it felt like…being stripped of my identity. As if I were an onion, and each crisis peeled away a layer until all that was left were the tears.
What I can’t wrap my head around is what creates psychosis? The kind of person who performs mass killings—why do they cross the line? Why does the media report that we need to have the conversation about mental illness, but their contribution is always about the psychotic who act out in ways most cannot fathom.
We need to have the conversation about mental illness so that those who need help know where to seek it and can afford treatment whether it is therapy, medication, or both. Not a single sufferer should be embarrassed to ask for help. I spent a portion of my life not seeking help for fear that my boss would find out.
One other thing….gun control. I probably wouldn’t be able to purchase a gun because I’m currently being treated for depression/anxiety. However, I also know how to lie. I don’t do it much, but I know how to avoid truthfully answering certain questions which would red flag me. If there are politicians pushing for further background checks, how would they go about this without violating HIPAA laws?
We need to have the conversation about mental illness and it should include the millions who suffer in silence because they are fearful of being discovered.
Meh….just the thoughts I have tumbling around my mind. I’m not depressed but I’m always curious.