Kurt Cobain Depression

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Everybody knows what it is like to be sad, but not a lot of people know what it is like to be depressed. Depression is deeper than sadness, it is a feeling of emptiness. Depression and sadness are very different, even though people do not realize this. Recently everybody has probably heard of depression and mental illnesses because of the death of Robin Williams. He had a history of depression, and only the people closest to him knew about it. Depression is a serious matter and can be caused by lack of social abilities, history of violence, and it can lead to suicidal behavior.
Most people do not realize this, but depression is linked to social interaction. Social interaction plays a huge role in somebody’s life, like if they are socially isolated.
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Violent behavior and impulses can lead people to try more painful activities. “Before I die many will die with me and they will deserve it” (Cobain 121). Kurt Cobain was a very famous singer for the group Nirvana, and it was widely known that he had some mental issues. He was very depressed, and quickly resorted to violence, as seen in his book, Journals. Defeat after violent things causes emotional pain with the physical pain. “Former Ultimate Fighting Championship women 's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey recently disclosed her experience of having suicidal thoughts after getting knocked out in her fight against Holly Holm in November 2015” (Holdgruen 3). Things like defeat and rejection can decrease one 's self-esteem, making them more susceptible to depression. Someone quick to violence will also be quick to pain, which is not good for a person’s mental state. Violence has been linked to depression and suicidal behaviors. Evidence shows suicidal behavior is linked to “History of Violent Behaviors,” also “History of Trauma or Abuse (Physical or Sexual),” and even “History of Impulsive/Reckless Behaviors” (AAS 1) Suicide and depression are linked, in fact, you are 25x more likely to have suicidal behavior if you are depressed. Depression is something that lasts a while, and if people are used to violence, they might see death as the only answer. Everybody who is depressed has …show more content…
Some forms of depression are chronic, meaning they last years, maybe even until the person dies. “Her intuition was correct. Brittany was found dead at home, leaving a note that Angela described as ‘very angry about being alive.” (Whitney 84) When people are depressed they lose all hope, they panic, and revert to things like self-harm. Everybody goes through pain in their life, and depressed people do not have coping skills, making it more likely to hurt themselves. Most people have heard of depression from some point of their life, but most misunderstand it and hurt depressed people. “When a beloved celebrity such as Williams--whose struggles were invisible to anyone who did not closely know him--is so impacted by mental illness, the harmful stigma against struggling celebrities begins to be questioned.” (Holdgruen 6) Depression is not really something easily understood unless you have been through it. People think depression is like an emotion, like sadness, but it is an actual disorder in the brain that can be lethal, especially when not treated correctly. There are many reasons for someone to have suicidal behavior, but most seem to be related to psychiatric disorders. “Major Axis I Psychiatric Disorder, especially: Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Use Disorder (Alcohol Abuse or Drug Abuse/Dependence), Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or Conduct Disorder”

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