As depression continues to take lives amid this pandemic, we find ourselves debating and trying to justify the notion of suicide. While I write about such a word that has been creating so much chaos all over social media, I realize that we have become quite habituated to listening to this term. With each incident, we are moving one step ahead in normalizing the idea of suicide. And with each occurrence, ending one’s own life seems justified and easier in the eyes’ of those who are fighting depression. Unfortunately, they fail to notice how precious and beautiful our life can be.
I wonder what makes these people so much different than others. If we dig in a little deeper, we would know that it is more about how they think and how they see little things in extreme depth. Their brilliant mind makes them ponder about trivial matters to such an extent that they end up getting trapped in those array of thoughts.
Our mind has the ability to eliminate such kind of thoughts which create disturbance internally and lead to a state of melancholy. In case of a person undergoing a depressive phase, his/her brain lacks this ability. And this absence has a profound effect on one’s mood. Hence, depression has been described as a mood disorder. Alongside, this is also related to the imbalance in the levels of chemicals(neurotransmitters) that stabilize our mood. The absence of such a crucial mechanism in our thought process, makes them reach a stage of depression where they get absolutely overwhelmed in the pain generated by the disease. A pain that completely differs from all sorts of somatic pain. It is utterly punishing to hold onto wisdom in these hours of pain that seems eternal. Does this make the act of suicide the road to peace?Certainly not. But, why do you think some of us fail to recognize such a subtle conception?
It is nothing but acceptance. Firstly, the person himself fails to accept his own illness. Secondly, he is unable to gain acceptance from the world. Therefore, this shows there is a lot to be done. Instead of justifying suicidal attempts, our duty is to lend these people a helping hand. It is our responsibility to simply hear them out. Indeed, it is very easy to get overwhelmed when bouts of anxiety hit oneself. At the same time, being able to see the bigger picture is much more rewarding than losing sanity during those hours of pain.
It is not much of a difficult task to pull them out from the mesh of thoughts in which they are trapped. If seen from a religious perspective, nothing in this world lasts longer. Be it happiness, be it sadness. Similarly, depression arrives in our lives for a brief period of time. Above all, we know Dunya (means lowest form of life, where as Jannah is the highest form) is not our actual home. And we are meant to return to our real homes in the Hereafter. This says a lot.Why would you choose to give up your Hereafter for the sake of worldly peace?
Thereupon, it can be concluded that there are three majors considerations for people going through depression and anxiety. These are :proper counseling, religious guidance and faith, and the right medication. A combination of these three tools can guide a depressive mind revert back to a healthy one. And promoting such ideas should be taken into major consideration rather than wasting our valuable time attempting to justify suicide.