If you have not ever suffered with depression, may I say, count yourself fortunate. But may I also say, I can guarantee you know someone who has, and you know someone who is. It is estimated that by 2020, depression is going to be our greatest epidemic worldwide. That’s greater than ADHD and learning disabilities. Greater than cancer. Greater than heart disease. But because it can’t be seen like a broken leg, it’s often ignored or mistreated, and the stigma is perpetuated. There is help and hope. We can be part of the solution.
In today’s Ask Dr. B, a reader asks how to handle depression that results from feelings of inadequacy during the Christmas holidays.
Do you ever give in to the temptation of comparison? It never serves me well. See what I mean when you get a glimpse into the daily life.
In today’s Ask Dr. B, a reader asks for advice on how to handle the stress and depression often brought on by the holidays.
Life can change quicker than you can take a breath; sooner than you can finish a thought. I’ve been there many times. Like the time my eyes scanned the computer monitor, willing it to find our baby’s heart beat, but there no longer was one. Please, my heart cried as my womb remained full, but our baby was gone. Or the time when my husband and I sat holding hands, knees touching as we faced the doctor, to be told to get our affairs in order because cancer would claim his life. Or the time no words were said, but the road ahead turned into a sea of red lights; cars and trucks going every which way, and we were powerless to stop it. What do you do then? When pain enters in, and all that is familiar fades away?