Depression knows no fame nor success. Speak out!
“My dear mental health is getting deeper! Don’t be afraid to seek help! It doesn’t matter if you are famous or not! This disease is worst than major diseases I ever heard about! Nothing is worse than feeling stuck! Lost! Empty! Depressed and emotional with on and off panic attacks! Start by analyzing your environment,” Akothee said in of her sentiments.
Mental health awareness is now one of biggest crisis in the world with depression leading the table which includes: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia, and developmental disorders including autism.
Depression is one of those disorder that has been analyzed as affecting more women than men but men suffer the most of the same affecting both citizen, state officers and celebrities.
Who said that artists and celebrities are immune to depression? A lot of celebrities have come out to share their depression battle with majority of their followers and friends’ family not realizing the battle they were facing.
Some of the usual signs of depression include:
- Feelings of sadness and emptiness.
- Angry outbursts and frustration, even over small matters.
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports.
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much.
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Suicidal thoughts.
Amongst them are Otile Brown who also shared that most celebrities find it hard open up to people with no one to trust.
Media personality Julie Gichuru, one woman who Kenyans are celebrating today for having received her doctorate papers in Canada, once opened up on suffering depression after her parent divorced and her dad remarried and mother leaving her without any home to go to.
Khaligraph Jones award winning rapper also shared his experience having to drop out of school because of lack of funds.
Jovial the Jeraha singer revealed that she went through a lot and was feeling lost but didn’t share the details with those around her or her fans.
“Depression is real! But one thing you need to know is kila chenye mwanzo hakikosi mwisho! Hata upitie changamoto ya aina gani itapita tu! Hold on tomorrow is a new day,” she wrote in her post.
Jovial has however confirmed that she has won the battle, urging all those through depression not to give up.
We can face it together, open up!