Depression and suicide frequently co-occur. The percentage of adults having serious thoughts of suicide was highest among persons aged 18 to 25 (6.6 percent), followed by persons aged 26 to 49 (4.1 percent), then by persons aged 50 or older (2.5 percent). The percentage of adult women in 2010 with depression and suicide in the past year was 3.8 percent 3.7 percent of men with depression and suicide thoughts were also reported.
In 2010, 46.6 percent of adults with past year Major Depression received treatment for depression through a combination of seeing or talking to a medical doctor or other professional and using prescription medication. In contrast, 16.1 percent only saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional.
In 2010, an estimated 8.7 million adults (3.8 percent) aged 18 or older had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. Among adults aged 18 or older, 2.5 million (1.1 percent) made suicide plans in the past year, and 1.1 million (0.5 percent) attempted suicide in the past year. The majority of these individuals were diagnosed with depression and suicide was a serious symptom of this disorder.
Among adults aged 18 or older, 2.5 million (1.1 percent) made suicide plans in the past year. The percentage of adults who made suicide plans in the past year was higher among persons aged 18 to 25 (1.9 percent) than among persons aged 26 to 49 (1.0 percent) and those aged 50 or older (0.9 percent). In 2010, 1.1 million adults (0.5 percent) aged 18 or older attempted suicide in the past year. Among those persons, 1.0 million reported having made plans for suicide, while 0.1 million had not made suicide plans.
Among the 1.1 million adults who attempted suicide in the past year, 752,000 (67.2 percent) received medical attention for their suicide attempt in the past year, and 572,000 (51.1 percent) stayed overnight or longer in a hospital as a result of their suicide attempt in the past year.
Fortunately, there is now an Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of severe depression and suicide thoughts. Our Intensive Outpatient Program provides 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 debilitating signs of depression they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery from depression and suicide ideation. Treatment for depression and suicide can be highly successful. Contact us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.
(From: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-42, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4667. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012.)