Dealing with a mental illness doesn’t only affect the person going through it but also their complete household. For Ruth Sauceda it was a family battle dealing with her husbands depression.
“We didn’t know how to cope with his mood swings, he became very secluded and it brought sadness to our home,” said Sauceda.
Stop stigma Sacramento estimates that 355,000 residents in the region live with a mental illness but that most will never seek treatment.
“It wasn’t easy for him to open up and breakdown in front of a stranger,” said Sauceda.
Her husband was diagnosed with depression after Ruth saw him going through mood swings and decided to take him to a doctor.
“He was diagnosed with depression due to a job injury, he wasn’t able to work so he got very sad,” said Sauceda. “Being Hispanic and the customs they have, he felt like he wasn’t supporting his family which made him sad.”
Sauceda’s husband was injured while picking some things up while on the job.
“While working at a construction site he slipped but didn’t fall, he held his weight while carrying lumber on his shoulders,” said Sauceda.
Her husband felt a popping noise and a little pain but thought none of it.
“When he came home from work he did the usual. But when he sat down on the couch to watch T.V., he found out he couldn’t get up and when he tried the pain was unbearable,” said Sauceda.
The doctor said he had two herniated discs and would be permanently disabled.
“He could barely dress himself and eat, let alone go out and work,” said Sauceda. “He wouldn’t take part in family activities and just wanted to be secluded.”
Her husband opened up to a doctor and let him know what was going on.
“We saw a doctor, and he gave him medication and helped him with ways to deal with depression. It wasn’t easy at all,” said Sauceda.
“I think the best thing to do for anyone struggling is for them to visit a doctor, it’ll help them and there family to find better ways to deal with whatever it is.”