As the nation still comes to terms with the brutal killing of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin, it's the life of alleged killer and Purcell resident Kevin Underwood that has been under close media scrutiny.

While he hasn't been described as anything less than a monster, and rightfully so, his actions seem to have been noticeable long before following through on his deviancy.

According to his blog entry in September 2004, he stated that his depression only grew deeper and his thoughts began to get darker.

"If people knew the kinds of things I think about anymore, I'd probably be locked away," he said. "No probably about it, I know I would be."

While Underwood is an extreme example of someone suffering from depression, and depression in no way excuses him from responsibility for his horrendous crime, it should be noted that anti-depression medication helped him to carry on with a somewhat normal life. Anti-depressants should be prescribed when needed.

According to studies performed by the American Psychiatric Association, one in 10 adults is a victim of depression. However, most people who are suffering from this disease do not get the proper treatment, which could vary from something as simple as getting more exercise and eating right, to taking prescribed medication. Performing the necessary steps to treat depression is vital not only to the person suffering, but also to their friends and family.