Suicide and Depression

"Suicide is not chosen...It happens when the pain exceeds the resources for coping."

Suicide and Depression are two things that are a growing concern in today's society. Suicide is a difficult topic for many people, and seems to be placed under and into a "Taboo" category. The act of suicide, and suicidal idealization are two different things. Suicidal idealization is the act of wanting to die by suicide. Suicidal idealization can be caused by many different things. The range is enormous, spanning from race, gender, sexuality and age. Generally suicide and depression are diagnosed together, having very similar relations. Generally people are diagnosed with depression, and later become suicidal. In fact, over 90% of people who die by suicide also have a metal illness to accompany their death. Depression and suicidal idealization are very treatable illness' that affects nearly 1 in 6 people. That's 17.6 million people in the US alone.

Here's a Blog of a Person with Severe Suicidal Ideation.

Suicide and Depression affects a person in so many ways. Depression can have a person lie in bed for days without motivation or energy. A depressed person may lash out for no reason, or without realizing. Suicide also affects the person. Often they think thoughts such as "I must be crazy." or "No one understands." This can make it difficult for friends and family to relate to the patient. Suicide, if preformed successfully, can also be detrimental to a family and friendships. Without the person, the relations may also become depressed.

Are you suicidal? Or Just Curious?Here's two websites with several alternating, and helpful links to get you what you need!
Suicide Hotlines/Numbers and WHAT TO EXPECT

Here is more Information on Suicide and Depression

  • Suicidal Ideation is not a diagnosis in itself, but a symptom of a deeper problem. The most common diagnosis that goes with Suicidal Ideation is Depression. Here is a list of symptoms for people who are Depressed and Suicidal.
  • Symptoms of Depression: Extreme Sadness or Hopelessness. Irritability, anger, or hostility. Tearful or frequent crying. Withdrawal from friends and family. Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Changes in eating or sleeping habits. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt. Lack of enthusiasm and motivation. Lack of energy. Difficulty concentrating.
  • Symptoms of someone who is suicidal (Contemplating Suicide)- Talking about Death and Dying. Wondering about how things would kill oneself. (Example-"I wonder how long it would take to die from....") Talking about being hopeless and having no reason to live. Feeling Trapped and being in an intolerable amount of pain. Talking about being a burden to others. ("It would provide a lot of relief if I were dead.") Increase in dangerous and risky behavior. Rage and extreme mood swings.
Depression and Suicidal Ideation Treatments
The above picture is of Spring Harbor Hospital in Portland Maine.This is just one of the many treatment facilities across the country that temporarily houses adults and adolescents with suicidal tendencies and extreme depression. This type of facility generally houses a suicidal and/or depressive person for as long as is necessary. The facilities manage medication, and each patient sees a Psychiatrist who can prescribe medication and assess the stability of the patient. Upon release, or if it is deemed that a residential facility is not needed, patients can be treated in a variety of ways. Many variations of therapies are available, the most common being talk therapy, however the ranges of therapy are endless, from Art therapy, to Dance Movement therapy. Generally the importance of a support system, and monitoring are the keys to treatment. Frequent check ins from a doctor are set up to make sure the patient remains stable.

During an assessment for suicidal intention or idealization, a list of questions are asked by a professional psychiatrist to asses the situation and begin treatment immediately. Some commonly asked questions are as follows-
  • "When did you begin to have suicidal thoughts?"
  • "Did anything particular happen to trigger your suicidal thoughts?"
  • "How often do you think about suicide? Do you feel the world is better off without you, or that you are a burden?"
  • "What helps you to feel better?"
  • "What makes you feel worse?"
  • "Do you have a plan to end your life? If so, what is it?" (Particular attention to the detail in the patients description is given here.)
  • "How much control do you have with your suicidal thoughts? Have you acted upon any or the impulses you have?"
  • "What stops you from killing yourself?"
If the patient is found to be at risk for suicide, continual questions may be asked to asses the risk of the person killing themselves.
  • "Do you have access to firearms, or your preferred means of suicide?
  • "Have you written a suicide letter, or made arrangements for after your death?"
  • "Have you given away and special possessions?"
  • "Have you "Practiced" your suicide?" (As in holding the gun to your head, or put medications in your mouth.)

Here are a List of Key Vocab words used in describing/understanding Depression and Suicide.
  • Suicidal Ideation-The act of wanting or thinking about suicide WITHOUT ACTION.
  • Suicide Attempt- The act of TRYING TO kill ones-self, and Failing.
  • Residential Facility- A location where professionals care for the mentally ill until they are able to function safely to a particular degree in society.
  • Suicide- The act of ending ones life by killing yourself.