Suicide and Depression: Why thoughts and prayers don’t work in this social media dominated society. What can you do about it? How does it affect the Huntington’s Community?

March 28, 2018

It’s been years since I went to a clinical therapist or psychiatrist so forgive my self-diagnosis of clinical depression. Also, I do not have Huntington’s Disease and will never have the possibility of onset. It’s a double-edged sword of luck. What I can relate to, aside from my family’s personal struggle with this disease, is the mental and emotional side of Huntington's disease.  As most of the HD community know, it took quite some time to get past the movement disorder (chorea) aspect of the disease, to understand and acknowledge the mental and emotional disorders it causes. I wanted to examine this and how our current culture of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, affect all of us.

 

Recently, I experimented with my personal Facebook page. I was having an incredibly frustrating day at work and feeling down about absolutely every aspect of my life. I needed an outlet - a release. So, I made a plan to post on my Facebook page. Because I have work acquaintances as friends on my page, I rarely post personal or “heavy” thoughts and ideas.