It is said that life is just a metaphor for baseball. Sometimes we need a foot up the jacksy to realise it.
Here in Australia there is currently a huge emphasis on the effects of depression. The “Beyond Blue” organisation has been massive in raising awareness and assistance for those that suffer from the disease. Indeed, mental illness is no longer a taboo subject spoken of in hushed whispers but rather a conversation of mainstream Australia and as a result is becoming better understood. We, as a society, are slowly adjusting our behaviours to make the plight of those suffering depression easier by better understanding the disease and how we can best help those afflicted. Professional expertise is also benefiting from the raised awareness and increased funding and for those who suffer clinical depression, these professionals, their advice and assistance are crucial.
To my surprise a sibling of mine recently asked me ‘how are you going?’ Not such a staggering question, but the abnormality of it and the emphasis on the ‘going’ rang an alarm bell. Turns out, a friend of mine had suggested to my family that I was suffering depression. Yes, it’s true, I have been a bit down; things have been a bit of a grind. I never considered it myself. I just figured I was in a bit of a slump.
Spurred on by the suggestion, I checked the web. Surely the internet can tell me if this was true! I took a pop quiz, worked my way through an online assessment. Moderate depression was the diagnosis. Wow. Continue reading