YOU'VE SEEN DEPRESSION - PERHAPS A VICTIM Suicides Are Skyrocketing - But Awareness Helps Happiness is a sum of our personal achievements and perhaps reflecting on them now could help those who are suffering depression. I've been Laid-off numerous times from well paying Engineering Jobs so I really understand the feeling but always wound up with a better Job at a better Company, most people do. Your current employer is a fish in the barrel, there's better one's waiting. When I worked in Santa Clara it wasn't unusual to hear stories of a Janitor finding some poor schmuck dead in his cubicle. Building 12 was most famous for it, it's a long and true story. Semiconductor Engineering is competitive and requires long hours often resulting in physical fatigue even stress related death - Especially when your biggest customer is South Korean. I can't say that I miss that environment, only the challenges. Quote: "Many people are worried about their own health and the health of their loved ones. The stress of job losses and the shredding of routines and support systems can exacerbate symptoms and make relapse more likely, says Charles B. Nemeroff, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. Studies have found a link between social isolation and depression. And the tremendous uncertainty around the outbreak can fuel the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that are a hallmark of depression, says C. Vaile Wright, director of clinical research and quality at the American Psychological Association. “We still don’t have a great handle on the virus. There’s no cure or (reliable) vaccine. There’s not a lot to feel very hopeful about, which is also a trigger for depression,” Dr. Wright says. About 22% of Americans ages 13 and older have an anxiety disorder each year, and 9.4% have a mood disorder, including major depression and bipolar disorder, according to a study published in 2012 in the International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. About 32% of Americans will have an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetimes and 17.5% will have a mood disorder, according to the same study. More than one-third of Americans say the pandemic is having a “serious impact” on their mental health, according to a survey released March 25 by the American Psychiatric Association. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, an advocacy group, says calls and emails to its help line have jumped 40% in the past two weeks. Most people mention Covid-19, says Dawn Brown, NAMI’s director of community engagement. “Anxiety is through the roof,” she says. Crisis Text Line, a service staffed by trained volunteers who offer 24/7 support via text, has seen demand in the U.S. rise by 40% since March 16. The most common issues its users, about 75% of whom are younger than 25 years old, are now mentioning are anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, says Bob Filbin, co-founder and chief data scientist." #coronavirus #lockdowns #suicide #depression #joebiden