04-21 Depression and its link to suicide

Posted in Depression, Mental Health Treatment

Depression and its link to suicide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression affects 9 percent of Americans every day. Sadly this has a strong link to the suicide rate in the United States. Over 50 percent of all people who commit suicide suffer from major depression, which affects 3 percent of the American population. This does not include alcoholics who are depressed. If alcoholics suffering from depression were included in this statistic, the number would rise over 75 percent. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and over 50 percent of this group suffered from a form of major depression.

Depression is a mental health condition characterized by intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fatigue and often a lack of interest in activities that one is usually interested in. Sometimes this condition is so severe that an individual is unable to successfully perform his or her job, maintain stable relationships or find enjoyment in life.

Depression affects every aspect of a person’s life. It can be a serious problem if left untreated, increasing erratic behavior like drug or alcohol addiction, ruining relationships and causing employment problems. People who suffer from severe depression are often unable to deal with the issue on their own and many may require mental health treatment and psychiatric assistance. Depression is one of the most treatable mental illnesses. The first step in seeking treatment is recognizing when depression is present by identifying symptoms such as hopelessness, extreme sadness, anhedonia and more. It is also vital to watch for common warning signs of suicidal ideation which can include:

  • Withdrawing from normal activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Giving away important belongings
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness, talking about killing/harming one’s self
  • Expressing strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
  • An extreme shift from being very depressed to acting happy and peaceful

Depression is a rapacious condition that can continue to produce other forms of self-destructive behavior along the way. Misconceptions about depression often lead to individuals refraining from asking for help when they really need it most which can, in turn, increase their chances of considering suicide.

It is imperative that if symptoms of severe depression or suicidal tendencies appear that action be taken immediately. Depression can rapidly progress and those who are presenting symptoms of depression must be promptly treated before it is too late.

Depression Treatment Centers of California is committed to helping people who are suffering from depression find the proper mental health treatment that they deserve. If you or someone you know is suffering with depression, please contact us at 855-678-0400. A representative will assist you in finding the right mental health treatment program for you in your area.


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