A video was shared in my Career Development class relevant to the overlap of personal disorders and career counseling. It was quite educational; it is by TEDxYouth and Kevin Breel.
Kevin Breel is a young and rambunctious man, popular, supported by loved ones and funny; he’s a comedian. This teenager talks about his struggle with depression in this very insightful video.
In his words, “There is a pretty popular misconception that depression is just being sad when something in your life goes wrong. When you break up with your girlfriend, when you lose a loved one, when you don’t get the job you wanted, but that’s sadness. That’s a natural thing, that’s a natural human emotion. Real depression isn’t being sad when something in your life goes wrong, real depression is being sad when everything in your life is going right.”
He goes on to say it is hard for not only him to talk about this, but for anyone to talk about it because it isn’t “light’ or fun.
Kevin shares his testimony of his struggles with suicide and he talks about the loss of individuals who lose this battle. Someone dies from suicide every 30 seconds.
His fear, and a common for most anyone struggling with depression, is that people won’t like him for the imperfect person he is instead of the popular, grade achieving, funny teenager. His fear is about people calling him weak or people calling him crazy instead of understanding this illness. This stigma in society keeps people with depression from reaching out.
One of his many justified points in this video, if someone is physically hurt (maybe a broken arm), you do not think twice about helping them, why isn’t the same compassion given to someone with depression? Kevin asks us to talk about depression, and to embrace those around us suffering instead of ignoring them. He wants us to understand depression as a mental illness.
This video is eye opening. Why, because it is proof that we must pay attention and really talk to our kids and loved ones. Depression can be hidden beneath popularity, good grades and overachieving and/or much more. Get involved; it may make the difference of life and death.
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