Depression is a real thing, not just in Korea, but all over the world. It is not something that you can overlook, and it is definitely not something of which to be ashamed. Depression is a kind of sadness that persists day after day after day, until you being to think that it will never get any better. Unfortunately, even in this day and age of Cloud Computing and Facebook and YouTube, there is still this terrible stigma associated with Depression.
"Oh, you are crazy!!" "Can you even do your job properly?!"
Because of such fears, like being considered crazy or risk getting fired, many choose not to speak up and talk about their mental anguish. Depression, however, is not something that you can handle on your own. Outside help is required. If you just ignore it or keep it bottled inside you, it can get to a point where nothing makes sense anymore. Dark thoughts slowly begin to creep up on you when you least expect it. You just want the pain to end already. Death seems like a viable solution at first, but in reality it does not solve anything. We are all different, as are our experiences. Depression stems from various sources that are unique to each individual, so there is not a singular, all-encompassing solution, certainly not Death.
Studies show that more women are depressed than men, but that could not be further from the truth. It is just that women open up more easily about Depression than men do. After all, a man has to be strong. He has to endure the hardships of life, without complaining. He cannot show his weaker side.
"I am a manly man, so I will never talk about my feelings!!"
Well, that is complete hogwash!! Depression does not care about your gender. Let me tell you this much. It does not care about wealth, either. You could be incredibly successful and rich, while still dealing with Depression.
So what is there to do? Well, the first step is to admit that you are just not feeling well, that you are sad, lacking the energy and desire to do anything, including things that were once fun. The second step to reach out. Do not be afraid to talk about it. Tell your family, tell your friends. Ultimately, seek professional help. It really could save your life. Yes, it is worth saving!!
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