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The majority of depressed people do not actually die from suicide. But depression and suicide are related to a higher risk for suicide.  New data has reported that two percent of depressed people who have received treatment for depression in an outpatient setting might die by suicide. Four percent of those who were treated in an inpatient hospital setting might also die by suicide. Those who have prior suicide attempts are also more likely to die by suicide than those with no prior attempts. Another research study showed that among men with a history of depression and suicide attempts, 7% will eventually kill themselves whereas of women with history of depression and suicide 1% died by taking their lives. Suicide is defined as the act of killing oneself intentionally. It is typically associated with major depression, a disorder that intervenes with the psychological, emotional and physical aspects of life.  Those who have had mood disorders, such as depression, are more likely to commit suicide. The clinically depressed young adults often turn to substance abuse to kill themselves.

Attesting to the the lethality of depression and suicide, the most common method of suicide is by the use of firearms, as it makes up the 60 percent of suicides. From a study of the National Institute of Mental Health, about 80 percent of white males commit suicide by shooting themselves. For those who are depressed and experiencing suicidal thoughts, firearms must be removed from the home if a family member is discovered to be depressed and at risk for suicide.

The next most common method for men is suicide by hanging.  Drug overdose or self-poisoning is the two most common methods of suicide for women.  As you can see, depression and suicide can be fatal.

Other risk factors for depression and suicide include:

1. Impulsivity. These are people who do things on a whim.

2. Traumatic life events. A death of a loved one, financial ruin or other adversity might contribute to depression and suicide.

3. History of depression and suicide in the family.

4. Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse.

5. Prior depression and suicide attempts.

6. Alcohol and drug abuse.

Depression and suicide can be fatal if left untreated.  A person who is depressed and having suicidal thoughts should be taken seriously.  Anyone who is imminently suicidal should be taken to the closest emergency room and if they are unwilling to go 911 should be called.  For those who are depressed and suicidal, professional treatment should be sought immediately.

Fortunately, there is now an Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of patients who are depressed and suicide thoughts.   Our programs provide services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression and suicide, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression and suicide that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and suicide can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.