As a teenager, I was vulnerable to the waves of hormonal changes most people face during adolescence. I felt helpless to the external events of my daily life. When things was good, I was glad to be alive. And when things were bad? I thought I’d never get through them. A heartbreak or a fight with a friend felt like the end of the world. A bad grade on a test, a disagreement with a teacher, or an argument with a parent felt like the worst thing that could happen to me. Thankfully, as I got older, my problems and my life expanded and the world got a lot more hopeful. With time comes insight – the more things we go through, the more resilient and courageous we become; life starts to get better.
However, those in the throes of depression think they’ll never get out of it. They erroneously believe life won’t get better. They get stuck in the devastation of the moment and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. They’re swallowed in severe hopelessness and as a result, many choose to end their life.
Sadly, suicide is a reality for many Americans. Some do it to intentionally end their pain. Others do it as a cry for help. Suicide is a serious issue and a disturbingly prevalent one – but things don’t have to end this way.
This week’s top posts bring hope and help to those contemplating suicide, and address other issues that consume our thoughts and occupy our mind. Whether it’s suicidal thoughts, depression, PTSD, the inner critic or food, they’ll help you take control over the things that make you feel out of control in your own life.