SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION
Feeling down is a part of life. Once in a lifetime, you feel unhappy or sad. But depression is far more complex in nature. You may feel sad for no apparent reason and there are no particular symptoms for that too. While depression is characterized by some particular symptoms and it has deeper and longer feelings. Sadness may go on its own but depression may lead to some more serious problems such as suicide, when ignored.
Symptoms of depression are:
- Loss of pleasure in daily activities as well.
- Change in appetite; some may eat too much and vice versa
- Lack of energy.
- Feeling broken.
- Difficulty concentrating
- Change in sleep pattern; either you sleep too much or not at all
- Loss of interest in sex
- Some thoughts are unrealistic in nature.
- Hopeless about their future.
- Attempting suicide or suicidal thoughts.
The thought process of a person with depression is not the same as that of normal individuals. Depressive people are more prone to negative thoughts and negative thinking process, which is totally different before and after the depressive episode. This may be because of some chemical imbalance, which can lead to some non-understandable options to relieve pain.
Suicide is an act of intentionally killing, due to some mental conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, autism, schizophrenia, personality disorder, etc. It is one of the top causes of death in the U.S. and nearby countries. According to CDC, 45000 people died in 2016 in America because of committing suicide.
Yes, suicide is preventable. You just have to check for the symptoms and the way people talk, their thoughts, and what you can do for them.
The warning signs of suicide due to depression :
- Every time they are talking that they want to die.
- They may be finding a way out to kill themselves.
- Every time talking of being hopeless about their future and their life.
- They are talking like they are trapped in between of something or they are suffering from unbearable pain.
- They think that they are a burden on someone.
- They may increase the intake of alcohol and drugs to get rid of their problems.
- They are always acting in a reckless or anxious way.
- They sleep too little or too much.
- They are withdrawing themselves from society or keeping themselves in complete social isolation thinking that no one will understand them or their problems.
- They are having extreme mood swings.
- They are talking in a revengeful manner or they want to take revenge from someone in their life.
Steps to help people with depression and suicide thoughts
- You can directly ask the tough question from them if you find something suspicious in their talk. For e.g. ask them “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”
- You can keep them safe by keeping an eye on them and keeping all dangerous things away from them. If you think that the danger is big, then you can call the suicide prevention lifeline also (022 2754 6669 AASRA).
- Be there and listen to them seriously and carefully. Listen to them with compassion and empathy for their hopelessness and pain.
- Help them so that they can connect themselves to their families and friends who can help them live a happy life and come out of the problem they are facing in.
- Get a follow-up from them for what they are doing. It can even save their lives.
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