Corona, CA (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
With the recent news of the suicide of Pastor Rick Warren’s youngest son, there has been a lot of chatter about mental illness and its debilitating effects. What is mental illness? What does it mean to be bi-polar? What does it mean to be depressed? These words or labels are often tossed about and yet frequently never examined within the context of what it really means to overcome such conditions. How do families deal with mental illness? How does society treat people with mental illness?
Wikipedia defines a mental disorder as a psychological pattern or anomaly, potentially reflected in behavior, that is generally associated with distress or disability, and which is not considered part of normal development in a person’s culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks, or perceives.
According to National Institute of Mental Health statistics 26% of people in the United States suffer from depression, anxiety and a serious number of other mental illnesses in any given year.
This is our dirty little secret. This statistic is absolutely outrageous in its impact, but seriously overlooked, generally speaking? Few of us realize that families, everywhere, are caring for someone who faces this pain, daily? When faced with the reality of such a statistic, it becomes abundantly clear that it is not talked about it nearly enough. Few take time from their busy schedules to try and understand it. The fact that suicide deaths surpassed the number of deaths in car accidents simply doesn’t come up in polite conversation? Interestingly enough, most of those suicides deaths came from prescription medication abuse, painkillers and anti-depressant medicine. Frighteningly, one out of every four woman in the United States is taking some form of anti-depressant.
There is a movie released right now that tells a story. This is a true story of a man and his family coping with mental illness. This movie is called, “The Silver Lining Playbook.” Here’s a profound quote taken from the movie, “Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.”
The movie Silver lining Playbook depicts a man who is suffering from bi-polar and is just trying to see the silver lining and cope with life. The movie really hits home because of our own experiences with friends and loved ones who’ve lived with some of these issues in their lives or these issues have existed in our own life. There are a lot of people reaching out to say, “I understand this, I’ve seen this, or I’ve lived through this,”
The book “My Black Friday” is very similar to this movie. It’s a book written by an addict for addicts. Author, Shawn C. Kelly vividly tells his story in a way that most everybody can relate to and understand. My Black Friday is more than a book for addicts. The book is for anybody who has ever felt hopeless, alone, empty or can’t see a way out of addiction. Similarly, Shawn C Kelly lost all meaning and purpose in his life. This story is how Shawn C Kelly had to lose everything…to gain everything. How he had to die twice in the same day to finally see things clearly for the first time in his crazy life.