Suicide and Depression: What You Need to Know.

1.  Most people who are depressed do not commit suicide. But depression increases the risk for suicide or suicide attempts, so thoughts of suicide and depression are definitely related.

2.   It is not true that people who talk about suicide do not attempt it. Suicidal thoughts, remarks, or attempts are ALWAYS SERIOUS.  Thoughts of suicide and depression talk can be a way of reaching out for help.  if any of these happen to you or a friend, you seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY…it’s better to be safe than sorry….

3.  Why Do People Get Depressed? Sometimes people get seriously depressed after something like a divorce in the family, major financial problems, someone you love dying, a messed up home life, or breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Thoughts of suicide and depression should not be ignored.

4.   Other times – like with other illnesses – depression just happens. People often react to the pain of depression by getting into trouble: trouble with alcohol, drugs, or sex; trouble with work or school; problems with family or friends. This is another reason why it’s important to get treatment for thoughts of suicide and depression.  If left untreated, depression will likely get worse and increasing hopelessness and helplessness can culminate in suicide and depression.

Suicide and Depression

Having depression doesn’t mean that a person is weak, or a failure, or isn’t really trying…it means they need treatment.  Most people with depression can be helped with psychotherapy, medicine, or both together.  Short-term psychotherapy, means talking about feelings with a trained professional who can help change the relationships, thoughts, or behaviors that contribute to depression.  Medications are available that effectively treat depression. Sometimes, several types may have to be tried before you and your doctor find the one that works best. Treatment can help most depressed people start to feel better in just a few weeks.

As many as two thirds of the people with depression do not seek treatment. 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 leads to increasing feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, which increases the risk for thoughts of suicide and depression.  Unfortunately, up to 50% of those receiving treatment fail to respond to psychotherapy and medication, further contributing to a sense of hopelessness and helplessness.   However, other treatment for suicide and depression has been proved to be effective.  Mental Health Resources has published six outcomes studies demonstrating our effective treatment for patients with thoughts of suicide and depression.

If you or a loved one is showing signs of suicide and depression, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery.  Treatment for thoughts of suicide and depression can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.