There is an epidemic in our country right now. This epidemic is Depression, which is occurring right along side Covid 19.
Monday morning, Maryland State Representative Jamie Raskin spoke about the suicide of his 20-year-old son that occurred this past December, 2020.
Rep. Raskin was sounding an alarm about the high number of suicides and the prevalence of Depression that is finally being noticed throughout the country, particularly among teenagers and young adults.
The reasons for the rise in Depression is multifold.
First and foremost, we are witnessing our world change in dramatic ways that are unfamiliar and can be frightening.
The impact of Covid 19 cannot be underestimated.
People have experienced personal loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, loss of social interaction. Kids have been unable to go to school and are consumed in hours of passive occupations - watching screens for both their social and academic needs, as well as for their entertainment.
On top of all this, we are in the midst of political imbalance, which most of us never imagined we would experience in our lifetime in our country.
These factors, and they are only some of the factors, are leading to malaise, fear, isolation, hopelessness and ultimately to Depression.
What can you do?
It is crucial to be aware of family members whose moods have changed or who are spending more time alone than usual. If you notice a significant drop of energy in yourself or in someone you love or are close to, talk to them about it.
Admitting and identifying feelings of sadness and worry about the future do not show weakness. It is a sign that you need to talk and share your thoughts and feelings before they envelop you.
I often speak to people about their emotional temperatures.
When we are in a crisis our emotional fever goes quite high. When we are feeling anxious, alone and hopeless, our emotional fever also goes high. But, just as often that fever is quiet and invisible.
Please be aware of yourself and the people you love. Changes in behavior can easily go unnoticed.
Remember: STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN.
Depression is real. And it’s back. It's likely all around you in places and people you might not suspect.
The good news is that help is available. You just need to ask for it.
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