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Suicide and depression

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Did you know that every year about 30,000 people with depression commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents, the second leading cause of death among college-age youth and the sixth leading cause of death in children. Depression is one of the most common, yet under-recognized emotional problems. Everyone has some ups and downs and feels sad sometimes. Many have thoughts of suicide or death at some point in their lives. These thoughts are often in reaction to life's upsets. Just feeling down sometimes or thinking about suicide or death does not mean that you have anything to worry about. Depression can interfere with your daily functioning in school, your relationships with friends and family, your eating and sleeping habits, and your enjoyment of life. ...read more.


It is not uncommon for depressed individuals to have thoughts about suicide whether or not they intend to act on these thoughts. Severely depressed people often do not have the energy to harm themselves, but it is when their depression lifts and they gain increased energy that they may be more likely to attempt suicide. Suicide is deliberately killing yourself. A young person might attempt suicide for many different reasons including major life changes, depression, pressure to succeed both with friends and at school, meaningful loss, family or peer problems, social disadvantage, and low self-esteem. Most suicidal youth don't want to die, but they have too much emotional pain to cope with alone and don't think anyone can help. ...read more.


We don't choose to think them. Suicidal thoughts just enter; they just come into your mind on their own. And they don't just sit there... Suicidal thoughts are VERY ACTIVE and have tremendous emotional power! They push you, urge you, and compel you towards suicide. Untreated Depression is a major cause of suicide. If people could stop depression or feel better just by will or positive thinking, they would. Without the right brain chemistry, a person can be physically incapable of forming a positive thought or stopping the assault of suicidal thoughts in the mind Also, if someone who has been depressed and with suicidal thoughts suddenly seems happier do not assume that the danger has passed. A person, having decided to end his or her life, may "feel better," may feel a sense of relief having made this decision. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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