Having read the tragic news about Gary Speed I started thinking about the shock that must have been felt by his family, friends and colleagues.  Although the full story is yet to emerge, the term “depression” has been frequently used in the media, and alongside it, the complete and utter disbelief that Speed may have suffered from it.  Now this isn’t a post about Speed, nor his relationship with those around him, but it is a post in response to the misconceptions surrounding depression and what to “expect” from depression.

More than once the response to Speed’s death was one of shock –  “he had it all, a wife, kids, a great career – how could he have been depressed?”.  It seems many are unaware that there is not necessarily a correlation between material possessions/loving relationships/personal success  and depression, but that this disease can strike the most unsuspecting, and at the most unexpected time.  I think it is really important to realise this so that people can start to notice the signs in people they may not suspect to be suffering.  But also so that friends and family do not feel that a depression was caused by inadequate relationships, or by a part they played in that person’s life.

Depression is so utterly complex and confusing, and I hope that the one good thing that could possibly be drawn from tragic cases such as this is, that more information needs to be available, and that the taboos surrounding mental illness start to fade away…


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Putting the things around me in order. Sensory overload! So much to see and do in this beautiful city, Edinburgh, this blog helps to document and share what makes me tick.

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