Depression and suicidal thoughts ares a potentially fatal combination. Depression affects 1 in 6 people, or approximately 17.6 million Americans each year. Depression is projected to be a leading cause of disability in the United States over the next 20 years. Of adults, approximately 10% of those who are diagnosed with depression and suicidal thoughts actually commit suicide each year.
In addition to considerable pain and suffering that interfere with individual functioning, depression affects those who care about the ill person, sometimes destroying family relationships, work performance and other relationships between the patient and others. The human cost in suffering cannot be overestimated. Faced with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, depression and suicidal thoughts often co-occur.
Unfortunately, as many as two thirds of the people with depression do not seek treatment, including those who experience depression and suicidal thoughts. Only 50% of people diagnosed with major depression receive any kind of treatment, and only 20% of those individuals receive adequate treatment, despite the fact that there are many effective forms of treatment for depression available. This includes individuals who are experiencing severe depression and suicide ideation. Mental Health Resources has published six outcomes studies demonstrating our effective treatment for depression and suicide ideation.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression and suicide thoughts, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery. Treatment for depression and suicide thoughts can be highly successful. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.