Depression is more common than many of us are aware; though, it is hidden away, like some deep dark secret. It is a natural response to trauma. For some, the emotions overwhelm them and they commit suicide. Depression does not discriminate, stereotype or exercises any prejudice; neither is it unique to any one situation.
Getting help for clinical depression is vital. It affects about 16% of persons living in the United States. In Australia, one in four women and one in eight men will suffer from depression. About twice as many females as males report or receive treatment for clinical depression, though this imbalance is shrinking over the course of recent history; this difference seems to disappear after the age of 50–55.
According to the World Health Organization, clinical depression is the leading cause of disability in many countries, and is expected to become the second leading cause of disability worldwide (after heart disease) by the year 2020. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 17 million adult Americans suffer from depression during any 1-year period. Depression is a real illness and carries with it a high cost in terms of relationship problems, family suffering and lost work productivity. Over many decades, psychologists have worked to understand, explain and assist persons with depression. They have developed theories and therapy strategies, which have proved helpful.
Depressed individuals tend to feel helpless and hopeless and blame themselves for having these feelings. People who are depressed may become overwhelmed, exhausted and may stop participating in their routine activities. They may withdraw from family and friends and some may even have thoughts of death or suicide. People develop psychological disorders in different ways. Early in life, we develop cognitive “mindsets” or schemas, which determine our patterns of behaviour. These cognitive schemas often include dysfunctional, irrational beliefs, which cause us to think and behave in negative ways.
Jamaican Stories about Depression
The stories of people who have committed suicide vary: from broken relationships, abuse, betrayal or death of a loved one. Because of this, there are millions of people worldwide who are suffering alone and in silence.
Sudden Death shares some of these stories.
Sudden Death is a Christian literary work filled with stories revealing people’s struggles with depression, unforgiveness, anger, jealousy, rejection, heartache, abuse, rape, incest and death.
Sudden Death: Loosening Foundations will include an in-depth spiritual analysis, by Michael Reginald (Latter Day Prophesy), that reveals the spirits in operation that lead to the demise of their victims.
When someone commits suicide, we are often left with the question, Why. This book attempts to give that answer. It is often a choice that many people feel that they had no choice in making. Many of those who opt out of life are victims or trauma survivors who suffered from depression.
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