Stephen Hawking on depression: Don’t give up, there is a way out
“Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So, if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out.”
The iconic physicist Stephen Hawking has shared yet another invaluable insight with people, this time on a mental condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Speaking to a gathering of 400 people in a lecture held on Jan. 8, 2017, at the Royal Institute in London, the physicist compared black hole with depression and said that no matter how dark they may seem, one can find a way out.
For the world-renowned scientist, if black holes are no longer eternal prisons why should depression make one feel the same. If one falls into the hole, there’s a possibility to reach to another universe. Similarly, falling into depression should not trap the person instead, it should be taken as a passage to another life filled with good.
Defy all odds: Do not let life changes stop you
Hawking’s undeterred spirit to survive and transcend his handicaps in order to achieve his goals has kept him alive against all odds. He was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease at the age of 21 and had only two years to live but he did not allow these life changes to stop him. Speaking from his own personal experience, Hawking said that while it was unfortunate to be diagnosed with such a condition, he was fortunate in almost everything else. He chose a field of study where his disability did not pose as a serious handicap.
While the physicist cannot speak or move and is bound to a wheelchair, he has still found ways to inspire the world and encourage people to look forward to possibilities. When asked about his disabilities, Hawking said that however bad the life may seem, there is always something that one can do and succeed at. The physicist also lays emphasis on staying away from anger as it just takes away all the humor from life. He has learnt to appreciate whatever has come his way and has remained hopeful and cheerful.
Depression should not be left untreated
While Hawking encouraged people to look forward to limitless possibilities, not everyone can look at the bright side of life amidst its struggles. Many celebrities have battled depression and related mental illnesses for a long time; some emerged as winners while some succumbed to it.
Robin Williams suffered from a severe form of depression that eventually forced him to take his own life. He struggled from acute paranoia and out-of-character emotional responses. George Michael, one of the most successful musical artists of his times, suffered from years of depression caused by the loss of his loved ones. He once said in an interview that losing his mother and his lover in the space of three years was a tough job and he tried to come to terms with it but eventually died.
While some of them lost their lives to depression, many sought treatment and emerged victorious. Ryan Phillippe, Rapper Kid Cudi, Selena Gomez and Kayne West have talked about depression openly and sought treatment, therapy and support to come out of their problem.
Life with a mental illness is never easy. But it’s not impossible to come out of it. With help from loved ones and counselors, one can find a route to happiness.
Road to recovery
A common but a serious disorder, depression can be treated. If you know someone who is suffering from depression, do not hesitate and ask for help now. At the Arizona Depression Helpline, we can help you find the most effective depression treatment programs in Arizona. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-233-3895 or chat online with our counselors to know about the top depression rehab centers in Arizona with adequate treatment facilities to aid recovery in the best possible ways.