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taking care of yourself -- a #HoldOnToTheLight post
According to his daughter, Eric Cone, who was a fan of mine and a friend of mine, died from depression. I'm assuming that that's a euphemistic code for Eric having taken his own life.

I know and have known many people with depression. The ones who have dealt with it most successfully are those who've had it treated in some way, whether through therapy, medication, or some other means. It varies, which is part of the problem, of course. If you have a broken arm, you go to the doctor, and you get it set and it heals. If you have a virus, you take meds.

But if you have a chronic condition, then you have to get it treated. That's more complicated, and more ongoing. To give a personal example, I have a hypoactive thyroid. That's never going to change, and I'm going to be on some form of synthroid for the rest of my life. If I stop taking the meds, bad things will happen.

Mental issues are very much the same thing. They need to be treated. The form of that treatment will vary from person to person. Meds that work perfectly on one person have disastrous side effects for another. One person will respond beautifully to therapy, another will find it wholly ineffective.

Sometimes the treatment can be as simple as talking to someone about it. But sometimes that doesn't work, either.

But depression is still a form of illness. It's something wrong with you that needs to be fixed. When you trip and fall down and hurt yourself, you treat the injury. It's second nature for most. The same thing for when you have an injured brain.

I wish Eric had been able to find a treatment that would have eased the depression enough so that he was still with us right now. And it is my hope that, if you're reading this and you suffer from depression -- or another form of psychological issue -- that you're dealing with it. Ignoring it doesn't make it go away. Pretending it doesn't matter or it isn't important or it isn't that big a deal won't make it go away. Eric's death is the nastiest evidence that it does matter. Depression has the potential to, if left unchecked, be life-threatening. That's not irrelevant. That's not unimportant. That's not dismissable.

About the campaign:

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

Please consider donating to or volunteering for organizations dedicated to treatment and prevention such as: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Home for the Warriors (PTSD), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Canadian Mental Health Association, MIND (UK), SANE (UK), BeyondBlue (Australia), To Write Love On Her Arms and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

To find out more about #HoldOnToTheLight, find a list of participating authors, or reach a media contact, go to HoldOntoTheLight.com or to the group on Facebook.

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ebenbrooks From: ebenbrooks Date: September 19th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm on two daily meds to control my depression. And some days it still overwhelms me. But I haven't had a serious suicidal thought since my 20's. :)
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