The idea that someone committed suicide is extremely terrifying and following the very sad incident about the Medical Doctor that committed suicide recently, see here I decided to do some research and find out What Depression is; Why people get depressed enough to commit suicide; Signs of depression, Depression & Suicide risk and How we can help a depressed person before it’s too late. Read & Share.

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WHAT IS DEPRESSION? 

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms that affect how a person feels, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression and at its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds!!!

Depression comes in many shapes and forms and can happen at any age, but often begins in adulthood. Depression, especially in midlife or older adults, can co-occur with other serious medical illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

WHY DO PEOPLE GET DEPRESSED ENOUGH TO COMMIT SUICIDE?

It is important to know that depressed people are hurting badly  and they want nothing more than for the pain to end. Such people  begin to contemplate suicide because they are unable to find any reason to make living worthwhile. They think their problems are unsolvable and they feel completely out of control.

Depression results from a complex combination of social, psychological and biological factors. People who have gone through adverse life events (unemployment, bereavement, psychological trauma, loneliness, rejection, abuse, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness) are more likely to develop depression.

SIGNS OF DEPRESSION

Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms and the more the symptoms/signs, the higher the probability that such a person is suffering from depression. They include:

  1. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  2. Loss of interest in daily activities
  3. Appetite or weight changes; significant weight loss or gain
  4. Sleep changes; insomnia or oversleeping
  5. Feelings of anger, irritability, agitation, restlessness or violence
  6. Loss of energy
  7. Self-loathing
  8. Reckless behavior
  9. Concentration problems
  10. Unexplained aches and pains

 

DEPRESSION & SUICIDE RISK

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You must pay great attention, when your friend or relative begins to:

  1. Talk about killing or harming themselves
  2. Express strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
  3. Get unusually preoccupied with death or dying
  4. Act recklessly, as if they have a death wish (e.g. speeding through red lights)
  5. Call or visit people to say goodbye
  6. Get affairs in order (giving away prized possessions, tying up loose ends)
  7. Say things like “Everyone would be better off without me” or “I want out”

HOW CAN WE HELP A DEPRESSED PERSON BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE?

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Depression can be readily treated nowadays with modern antidepressant medications and short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy. For most people, a combination of the two works best and is usually what is recommended. In more serious or treatment-resistant cases, additional treatment options may be tried (like ECT or rTMS).

If you think a friend or family member is feeling depressed or considering suicide:

  1. express your concern and seek help immediately.
  2. Be a compassionate listener rather than giving advice
  3. Convince the depressed person to get treatment or, in the case of a depressed child or adolescent, help the youngster get treatment.
  4. Tell the depressed person that he or she is loved, deserves to feel better, and will feel better with appropriate treatment.
  5. Tell the depressed person that he or she is loved, deserves to feel better, and will feel better with appropriate treatment.
  6. Don’t give up too soon — the depressed person may have to hear more than once and from several people that he or she deserves to feel better and can, with proper treatment.
  7. If the depressed person is functional and refuses treatment, seek the assistance of others — friends, doctor, clergy, relatives — who might convince him or her that treatment is needed and will help.

Know that talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. Say good things to people for you don’t know what they are going through!!!

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