I believe Travis may have suffered from acute depression caused by a lying cheating greedy estranged wife.
He did not like to go to doctors but he once told me, "I don't have a problem taking a pill if it will help things".
Travis loved being a father and he was a very loving, playful one. He played an active role in the lives of his children. He wanted to do everything together as a family. He lived for his family.
Depression, or a major depressive episode, lasts for at least two weeks and possibly longer.
Symptoms may include:
Feeling sad or blue, or "down in the dumps"
Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy including sex
Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty
Sleeping too little or too much
Changes in weight or appetite
Feeling tired or having little or no energy
Problems concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
The good news is that there are many treatments available..
When you are first diagnosed, your doctor may give you medicine to help get your illness under control. Then, you'll need to take medicine to help keep your moods stable.
The most common types of medicines are:
Medicines that suppress mood swings and anti-depressants.
Some medicines used for these symptoms work quickly. Other's may take a few day's or weeks before they have an effect.
Give them time!!
Your doctor may also need to change your dose, depending on how you feel. It may take a few tries before you and your doctor find a medication that works best for you.
Remember, depression is a physical disease.
Try not to miss any doses of medication. It's important to keep levels of medicine in your body steady.
If you only take your medication some of the time, your mood may become unbalanced again.
Those suffering from depression may find it difficult to hold down a job or lead a productive life.
The illness can cause serious problems in your family.
Some people with this disease can have problems with drugs or alcohol.
Nearly one in five patients with depression commit suicide
Don't ignore depression. It is important to get treatment early.
Chronic depression, and other such diseases are no different than someone with heart disease, diabetes, cancer or epilepsy. It is treatable!
Many people who have this disease are bright, creative and productive members of our society. They should not be looked upon as "crazy" or a danger to others causing them to be rejected by those who consider themselves "Normal".
After all, what is "normal" anyway?
With the proper medication, these people are just as sane as anyone else in society and perhaps a bit more creative than those who think of themselves as "normal".