Monday, August 15, 2011

Crappy news

I'm very sad to hear that former Regina Pat captain Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home earlier today. Rypien had battled depression for several years, but it appears the disease (and let's be clear, it is a disease. Shame on anyone who would say "snap out of it" to someone suffering from it.) claimed the final victory.

"Ryp" was a classy kid who grew into a tough as nails NHLer. He will be missed.


Anonymous said...

A disease exactly. Yet read Pedersen's Blog, and there are guys on there making comments about how "let's hope he didn't wind up in the other place."

Depression is an illness that affects a person’s thinking, emotions and social
functioning. It also has a major impact on his or her productivity—be it at work
or school. Depression also adds to physical health problems increasing the
burden of many chronic illnesses.
Depression manifests itself in a social context, with its effects stretching to
affect family members, co-workers, communities, and indeed, most all of us at some point or other.
At its roots, depression has many complex genetic, biological (including brain
function), psychosocial, cultural and environmental determinants. Many of
these can be traced back to experiences and early appearances of depression
in childhood and adolescence. It affects individuals across the life span. In its
presentation, depression can vary by age, gender, and cultural diversity.

Pac58 said...

Thank you for that. If anything good comes from this, hopefully this tragedy will help to remove some of the stigma associated with depression and the people who battle it every day.

I read that comment too. It takes all kinds.

Anonymous said...

It takes the same kind to write the comments that were made after the Haitti fiasco. I'd really like to meet some of these fellows Sunday School Teachers. Very sad.