Depression Essay

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Depression and suicide are two causes of death that are increasing in prevalence for all age groups. They are also on the rise in a specific age group, that of older adults. The theory behind this finding that older adults are becoming more and more depressed and committing suicide at a greater rate than ever before is due to their failing physical and mental health. The purpose of this paper is to expand upon and prove this theory by gathering statistics about suicide in older adults, and by obtaining the information of scholarly sources by summarizing their views as it relates to the above mentioned theory. Official suicide statistics identify older adults as a high-risk group (Mireault & Deman, 1996). In 1992, it was reported that…show more content…
Each member met the criteria for major depressive disorder. The patients and family members were interviewed six and twelve months after the patients were admitted to the hospital. Eleven of the 126 older patients attempted suicide within the year following inpatient admission for major depressive disorder, however none of the attempts resulted in death (Zweig & Hinrichsen, 1993). Of the patients who attempted suicide, 73% did so during the six to twelve month period following hospitalization (Zweig & Hinrichsen, 1993). The study then went on to explore the differences between those who attempted suicide and those who did not. Individuals who attempted suicide occupied, on average, a higher social class position (Zweig & Hinrichsen, 1993). They were also less likely to experience remission, and were more likely to relapse if they did experience remission. The study also found that interpersonal factors were associated with suicidal behavior in the patients. Suicide Notes From Older Adults Suicide notes are traditionally considered markers of the severity of the suicide attempt and often provide valuable insights into the thinking of suicide victims before the final act (Salib, Cawley, & Healy, 2002). A study was done examining the phenomenon of suicide notes in 125 older people who died unexpectedly and in whom a suicide verdict was returned by the Coroner over a period of 10 years. The goal of

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