From Depression To Despair To Suicide

One of the most pressing problems of our society during this new era of the technology generation is depression. Most people complain about how tough their life is, how small problems and things affect their lives, and because of lack of knowledge, they don’t know how to face fear and fight for the depression stage of life.

Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intention should be taken very seriously. Mental health conditions, including living with the burden of depression are on the rise globally. The World Health Assembly resolution passed in May 2013 has called for comprehensive, coordinated response to a mental disorder at the national level.

Losing hope gives us the factor to decide what we want to do in our lives. Many depressed people think to take their own life by committing suicide. They think they will save themselves from over thinking and from pain. They see suicide as a solution to end the problems and hardship they face as God gives them difficult times that they think they will never survive. Over 90% of people who die by suicide have “clinical depression” or another diagnosable mental disorder.

Many times, people who died in suicide have an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Often they have that problem in combination with other mental disorders. Depression has its own way to trick even the happiest of the people into thinking that life isn’t worth experiencing. Two out of three people who suffer from depression do not actively seek treatment or currently have proper treatment. Persons who experience clinical depression lose interest and enjoyment and have reduced energy leading to diminished activity for at least two weeks. Many people with depression suffer anxiety symptoms, disturbed sleep, and appetite suppression and may have feelings of guilt or low self-worth, poor concentration and even medically unexplained symptoms.

Help for suicide and depression?

Encourage a suicidal or depressed person to seek the help of a mental health professional. During the treatment, be supportive. Help the person remember to take antidepressants or other prescribed medications and continue the therapy. Because this person may feel hopeless and they will also think that it’s impossible for someone to help them. If they appear or seem to be in imminent danger of committing suicide, do not leave them alone. Remove anything that they can use to harm themselves. These people need someone to talk to, to share their problem and they need someone they know that cares for them. Let’s save our loved ones and family from death by depression.

Guest Post by Joanna Juryll Santos

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