Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry


Depression: The Minds of the Victims


In most articles regarding depression, bipolar disorder, or the causes of self-injury, the focus is on the perspective of the bystander— the one who will treat the depressed. Most often discussed are the possible treatments, how to recognize symptoms, or the categories of bipolar disorders.

Although these types of text do provide a rich source of information for those who’d like to help their affected loved ones, those who are depressed would also, most likely, come to a point where they will be curious of their symptoms.

Given this, it cannot be denied that depressed individuals are browsing the same articles— regarding treatments and symptoms, that are being read by their loved ones. The varying perspective may further them from treatment. For example, if they were to read, “Depressed individuals may sometimes inflict self-injury as a part of their disorder.” They may interpret this as society condoning them for their condition, thus pushing them further away from obtaining help.

While to the masses, it is commonly understood that self-injury is caused by a disorder, from the mind of the depressed, self-injury is merely a way to provide distraction from emotional pain. They  cannot immediately recognize the need, nor find the will, to get help, because this is the coping method that has proved itself to dull the pain from strong emotions or intense pressure, however short-lasting it may be. They have not yet been exposed to professional help.

This article serves as a guiding hand for those with bipolar disorder, from a perspective they can understand.

Suicide hotlines may provide comfort temporarily, researching online may clarify symptoms, and taking anti-depressant medications may suppress the effects; however, the most recommended way to release those pent up negative emotions in a comfortable and effective environment is to reach out to a psychiatrist. Family and friends may provide comfort, but a trusted psychiatrist will provide the medical and professional aspects of support. A psychiatrist will cater to their patient’s needs, listen to their thoughts and feelings, and provide genuine insights from years of study and experience.

Most importantly, it must be recognized that being treated for depression is a process which takes time and commitment. The road to a more positive lifestyle will be a lengthy and difficult journey, which requires constant support and advice.

A psychiatrist will always be there for their patient, where medications falter and online articles simply provide general support.



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