Depressing depression statistic!
- 31 Jan 08, 6:44 PM
Having just read disability Bitch’s latest article, it has to be said I agree with her on her hatred for health related statistics.
Her article and I suggest you read it, focuses on the fact that there is now an average age for you to suffer with depression, it is 44. And that people usually start to feel better around the age of 51
Now for me this is incredibly shocking, I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 18 I’m now 19 the issue is obvious.
Are the statistics boffins out there telling me that I’m going to feel this S@%T for the next 32 years!
I seriously hope they are wrong.
Depression is depressing enough on its own without horrific statistics like this to kill of any hope of recovery that was dwindling inside.
I’m still at the stage with my own depression were I’m not sure I will ever feel the way I did a few years ago again, I’m not sure if I’m going to recover and if I do what will I become having experienced the dark that is depression.
I don’t know what is going to flick that switch inside my head and make it all better or indeed worse.
Today it has struck me for the first time that I am indeed a teenager a with a mental health problem, don’t get me wrong I am fully in touch with the fact that I have depression, I am not in denial and I am actively trying to ‘get better’ but it is today that I have connected the two things, the condition and my age.
I did this because recently for my communication study’s key skills I have been looking in to a number of articles focusing on disability and comparing them. While I was doing this I got thinking about mental health issues in the work place, and the ways in which employers are required to accommodate employees with mental health issues. Then I got thinking about my own situation, quite frankly my college are appalling when it comes to accommodating students with mental health problems, they have no policy or procedure in place to support such students and there is pretty much no help available with the exception of the odd study skills workshop, there is no flexibility over things like deadlines of assignments and students are left to cope pretty much alone.
The main point of this entire post is that young people with mental health conditions have it hard enough without statistics like this. Its hard enough to get a medical professional to take a teenager seriously and not fob them off with the ‘your just a teenager’ kind of response, some thing I experienced the first time I sought help for my depression, I was told to try and keep a regular sleeping pattern and to exercise but over all I was told that I was a teenager and that there was indeed nothing wrong with me, I am 100% positive that this diagnosis was made purely on my age at that point I was not quite 18 so was ignored.