One comedian is using her humor to bring the issues of mental illness and suicide into the public arena. Kristina Wong, who appeared recently at Ohlone College near Newark, CA, incorporates the high rates of depression among Asian-Americans into her routine to highlight the seriousness of these issues. The college’s student health center sponsored the event in hopes that Wong’s off-the-cuff style of comedy will help students when they find themselves struggling with mental health issues.
Depression: Beyond Being Sad
Depression is a mental health disorder that goes far beyond ordinary sadness. The condition is a mood disorder that impairs an individual’s day-to-day functioning. Recovering from depression is not as simple as choosing not to be sad. Professional treatment is usually necessary. In order to help loved ones recognize the signs of depression in someone they care about, some common symptoms are listed below:
- Persistent sadness, anger or discouragement
- Becoming increasingly withdrawn
- Chronic fatigue and lack of energy
- Sleeping problems including insomnia as well as sleeping too much
- Major changes in appetite; losing or gaining weight
- Experiencing guilt, shame and self-hatred
- No longer enjoying things that were once enjoyable
- A strongly negative view of life and people
- Contemplating or attempting suicide
Starting a New Life Through Effective Treatment
For those individuals who suffer from depression or some other mental health disorder, it is possible to recover and begin a new life. To learn how you can help a loved one in Newark become better able to cope with their mental health issues, call us today. We can help you learn how treatment and professional care can help your loved one start the journey toward better mental health.