Because the month of October prioritises mental health awareness, it is only fitting that we look into what we may believe to be relatively normal behaviour possibly being more; those inexplicable rage filled outbursts from friends and unwarranted episodes of wrath from parents could be underlying, undiagnosed and uncontrolled mental disorders playing themselves out.
Mental illnesses can range from minor to chronic without proper treatment and depression is one major disorder that rears its ugly head without being nipped in the bud; its more than a mood swing or personality trait, it’s an actual medical condition that strips away whatever little joy and sense of fulfillment one experiences on average. By keeping quiet and resorting to suffer in silence spells disaster, the fear of shame and embarrassment could very well lead to people denying themselves professional help and taking things to the extremes, running the risk of endangering yourself and those closest to you.
Self-diagnosis and self-medicating because of a similarity in symptoms is not advised, that only aggravates the situation as the human anatomy is an intricate entity that responds differently every time; each depressive state has levels of intensity influencing the suitability of each treatment program, emotional and psychological triggers factor into how your progress is augmented throughout recovery in relation to the sensitivities of each basic reality accounted for. The broad understanding of what depression is does loosely speak to imbalances in the brain that interferes with signals and confusing messages received by the body, the discourse manifests as spikes of energy; either violent or excessively happy before slumping quickly, indicative of manic depression, long periods of sadness can be a tell-tail sign of major depression, excessive mood swings and erratic responses to relative incidents may sometimes indicate that clinical or minor depression could be a root cause.
Some women do experience a drastic change in how they respond to life during and after giving birth, pre and post natal depression can be dangerous to the safety of an infant if there is no consistent monitoring of the situation; there are mothers who feel an extreme loathing for the child during pregnancy and end up harming a child due to a psychologically charged emotional disconnect directed at the child. Intense paranoia can be something beyond the scope of an individual’s control, for instance unending dislike of oneself results in self-harm, suicide or binging on hallucinogenic substances and the distrust of loved ones results in fits of rage or incessantly unexplainably odd behavioural episodes happening.
The disheartening explanations after-the-fact “I don’t know why I did that or I couldn’t help myself” outline just how serious and enormous an experience this truly is. The term “crazy” is by itself offensive and unfounded, to assume that someone is “paranormal” and ‘unstable’ only inflames an already volatile situation, while there is a plausible explanation behind it all; let’s get checked out and help, because no one gets better without proper healthcare…