Depression and Suicide Prevention

By Amare Denson

Suicide and Prevention

Suicide and Depression is really serious and we shouldn't just forget about it. If you notice someone with depression or suicidal thoughts you should give them your full attention to let them know that they are safe around you and let them know that your going to be there for them no matter what happens. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of the death in the US of all ages. Suicide rates have increased over the years.

Depression Symptoms

  • Difficulty Sleeping or Sleeping Too Much
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Feeling of Hopelessness or Helplessness
  • Overwhelming and Uncontrollable Negative Thoughts
  • Loss of Appetite or Significant Increase in Appetite
  • Increase in Irritability, Aggression or Anger
  • Increase in Alcohol Consumption and/or Reckless Behavior
  • Thoughts That Your Life is not Worth Living

Suicide Symptoms

  • Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," "I wish I were dead" or "I wish I hadn't been born"
  • Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills
  • Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
  • Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
  • Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
  • Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there's no other logical explanation for doing this
  • Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again
  • Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above

Suicide and Depression Overview

Although most people who are depressed do not kill themselves, untreated depression can increase the risk of possible suicide. It is not uncommon for depressed individuals to have thoughts about suicide whether or not they intend to act on these thoughts. Severely depressed people often do not have the energy to harm themselves, but it is when their depression lifts and they gain increased energy that they may be more likely to attempt suicide.Suicide is considered a possible complication of depressive illness in combination with other risk factors because suicidal thoughts and behavior can be symptoms of moderate to severe depression. These symptoms typically respond to proper treatment, and usually can be avoided with early intervention for depressive illness. Any concerns about suicidal risk should always be taken seriously and evaluated by a qualified professional immediately.