“The only voices I could hear were telling me, ‘You are not worth it.” Ginger Zee
Depression is a highly crippling disorder generating a sense of worthlessness and hopelessness accompanied by thoughts of suicide. Many succumb to their desolation and become recluses, others maintain an outwardly calm though they may be fraught with worries inside. They maintain a dignified silence and go about their day-to-day work as if everything is normal. Such people remain high functioning but deep down inside they are broken and perpetually sad.
Ginger Renee Colonomos (36), America’s favorite weather girl, recently came forward about her struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. In her memoir, “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One”, she talks about how she conquered her inner demons as she makes the world aware about storms and hurricanes on screen. In the introduction, Zee mentions how she was admitted into a mental health hospital just 10 days prior to starting the job at ABC News.
Ginger had been struggling with mental illness for many years but like many Americans took a long time to seek help. At the young age of 21, she attempted taking her life by consuming pills from her medicine cabinet. Describing in detail her fragile mental state, the Good Morning America’s chief meteorologist said, “I just shut down. It wasn’t worth living.” She could hear the brain asking her to kill herself. The only voices she could hear were telling me, ‘You are not worth it.” She added that when she reflects back on the difficult times, she can sense how scary it is when the mind completely overpowers what is real and what is right.
Ginger gives credit to her therapist who changed everything giving her the tools to deal with depression. She is also grateful to her husband and son for standing tall and giving her support in her journey.
Suicidal thoughts are red flags
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, nearly 44,000 Americans committed suicide whereas, globally, 88,000 people die by suicide, as reported by the World Health organization (WHO). However, that is only the tip of the iceberg as there are many others who could be thinking about attempting suicide. But suicide does not happen all of a sudden; the red flags are visible. If only friends and colleagues take the signs seriously, suicides could be prevented.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), for every person who takes his or her life, 25 could be making that attempt. Negative thinking, talking about taking one’s life repeatedly or attempting self-harm are red flags that not everything is all right and that the person needs quick help. It implies that the person is psychologically not equipped to handle the problems that he or she is currently facing.
Depression is treatable
A leading women’s only rehab for behavioral and mental health, and addiction-related disorders in Arizona, Sovereign Health provides top-notch treatment to women patients (aged 18 or older) in a safe and supportive environment. Our facility in Chandler offers its patients a variety of treatment options, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), individual and group therapies, neurofeedback, and other experiential therapies. Depending on the severity of one’s symptoms, we provide residential treatment care (RTC), partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). For more information on our evidence-based depression treatment for women in Arizona or to locate the finest inpatient depression treatment for women near you, call the admission specialist at our 24/7 helpline 866-598-5661. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance.
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