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Can Depression Happen To Anyone?

Janet Jackson is arguably one of our most timeless icons of modern popular culture. Part of an infamous and notorious family of entertainers, The Jackson Family, she stood out as a fiercely independent individual, creating a historic career on her own. Despite her international success and recognition as a female icon, Jackson struggled with depression, which she opened up about to Essence magazine.

Calling her experience with depression in her 30s “intense” Jackson explained how difficult the years of struggle were. While some people can trace their depression to a single source or multiple sources, Jackson could not. Genetics, life events, trauma, addictions, and much more can contribute to the onset of depression and the lasting of depression.

Jackson explained that the sources of her depression were not necessarily distinct. “I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority,” she described. “It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism.” She adds that “…depression is a tenacious and scary condition.”

Once again, Jackson’s story reaffirms a very common tale. Celebrities and some of the world’s best known, most talented individuals, can struggle with depression. Of course, the idea shouldn’t be reality-shattering, yet it continues to be. Human experiences happen to human  beings and celebrities are actually human beings, though we place them on a pedestal which might argue the contrary.

Depression can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any point in time of their lives, for any number of reasons. We can live our lives in a depression-prevention lifestyle by staying mindful of our habits regarding diet, nutrition, mental wellness, and regular physical exercise.

We can also be prepared for depression by being prepared for depression. Recent research has shown that depression rates have steadily increased over the last few decades. Rather than take the “depression happens to other people in other places” stance, it is important to realize that depression can happen to anyone, including ourselves. Living in preparedness and awareness will help us to better cope and recover should depression ever become part of our lives.

At The Guest House Ocala, we welcome everyone who has experienced trauma and, as a result, is suffering from addictions, mental health disorders, or other manifestations. Our programs are custom tailored to the specific experiences and needs of each client. Everyone has a story. Change yours today. Call us at Call 1-855-483-7800.