The Link Between Depression And Suicide Essay

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The Link between Depression and Suicide: Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Over 90% of people who die by suicide have clinical depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Many times, people who die by suicide have an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Often they have that problem in combination with other mental disorders. Warning Signs: • Always talking or thinking about death • Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse • Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights • Losing interest in things one used to care about • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will • Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn 't here" or "I want out" • Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy • Talking about suicide or killing one 's self • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye • Extreme mood swings or rage or desire for revenge • Preoccupation with death, arranging for end of life, funeral arrangements etc. Components of suicide that coincide with depression: Loss of interest in things that once made the patient happy Trouble sleeping or eating Losing interest in friends, family etc. Talking about suicide It is also important to consider: Current signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders with
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