This topic is a bit of a sensitive one to talk about for me. This is because I have been battling it for quite a while, and it is one type of illness that I would like to label as a “cancer (of the mind)”. It is, to me, like a cancer because it eats at your soul little by little and makes you feel smaller and smaller, weaker and weaker day by day. However, the worst part is, that in some cases unlike other types of known cancers, this one can go unnoticed. There are many people who put on a brave face, and smile in the presence of family and friends, yet feel their soul imploding inside.
I believe one who commits suicide, does so when their soul has fully imploded. It is difficult to describe and let alone categorize since there are many different feelings that the victim of this cancer goes through in order to make sense of everything. However, as I mentioned, I firmly believe that depression is a form of cancer. It is capable of crippling you not only physically, but also emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.
In my view, it is time that our medical community labelled this condition as nothing less than a cancer since it is just as life-threatening, if left untreated. In fact, there is research being done currently to see if there is a “depression gene”. If true, It would be like having cancer cells implanted within you from birth. But of course, not all cases of depression are genetic, as many cases are actually related to environmental factors. Nonetheless, if our medical community wants to hear from those who have suffered for quite sometime the effects of this cancer of the mind, I would call on them to take more serious action to find a cure, and consider it officially as: a type of cancer.
One may not be completely physically impaired and suffering from blatantly obvious depleting physical health, but the same if not more important functions of the body, being a persons cognitive ability (ability to think logically to solve problems) and their belief systems may become crippled with depression. The ability to function with simple tasks can be deemed too difficult for the depressed. The physical impairment of the severe forms of depression can mirror the weakened physical and mental abilities of a cancer patient. It is thus important that we see depression in a more serious light, with a more serious approach to treating its patients.
We all know that anyone can be crippled by depression, and regardless of your social class, age, ethnicity, or a blessing of fame and fortune, may not make you immune to it. It is a form of cancer not yet realized as such. It can arrest anyone’s mind and prevent them from taking any steps in a positive path, until it has eaten away at your sense of existence, to possess your mind and body, until you are no longer alive.
Depression is a cancer, and like different forms of cancer, it is curable. So, let’s take more serious action while we can and save more lives in need of dire support.