Robin Williams’s friends: “He was always happy. Everyone adored him…”
Kate Spade’s dad: “I just talked to her an hour before and she was planning a trip. She was like her brand- happy, cheerful and full of color.”
Anthony Bourdain’s best friend: “He loved his life and had this extraordinary ability to just connect with people.”
Countless other stars such as “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson, Lady Gaga, Kevin Love, and JK Rowling who are or have battled mental health issues.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We have to continue to shed light on mental health just like we would any other medical based illness. Just like any organ of the body that may need treatment, the heart, the lungs, so does the brain.
We must break the preexisting stigma, so people can talk about depression or anxiety to their family, friends or health care providers, just as they would talk about hypertension or asthma.
We are seeing a shift in the medical literature, as more publications are emerging dealing with mental health.
More NIH funding is being focused on better understanding the vast unknown that is the mental health sciences. We are realizing that certain treatments work better than others.
That all being said, mental health disorders remain profoundly underdiagnosed, and there is NOT enough discussion or acceptance surrounding these topics. There is no single type of person who suffers from depression.
This can affect anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status. Regardless of how successful or rich. Regardless of how strong or happy.
Sometimes we need to check on those who seem the strongest. It may be the strong individuals who portray a seemingly ‘normal’ existence in supporting others, who may need the most help.
It is hard to be aware of everyone’s individual struggles and be empathetic. Empathy is a difficult thing to learn, it doesn’t come easy for most.
Nowadays, unfortunately, we are losing empathy every day due to social media, and its ability to perpetuate the facade of ‘everything is okay,’ by showing a snapshot of everyone’s ideal self.
I applaud people who are using social media to help spread the message of mental health and show their vulnerabilities and true self. I applaud people who are sparking awareness in themselves and in others.
You never know what people are going through, and sometimes it is the people with the biggest smiles that need the most help.
At RevIVe Wellness, we feel that mental health is at the core of well-being. We use a functional medicine approach to help guide treatment for depression and anxiety.
Ketamine, typically used as an anesthetic, has been shown to be a promising treatment option for major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and for those with a history of suicidal ideations.
It is very important to know that the treatment options we offer should be done in conjunction with psychological therapy and close follow up with a psychiatrist.
We must continue breaking the stigma. We must continue to encourage treatment and getting help for depression. Be kind, listen to others, and remain empathetic.