Depression is the cause of suicide. It's giving up on living. It's existing with on-going thoughts of helplessness and hopelessness. It's like living in a dark room and you can't find the key to open the locked door. There are windows in the dark room but the depressed person can only peer out from the personal tormenting darkness into the outside world where there is light, but cannot get out of their own personal prison. Many times they don't know why they feel the way they do and many times depressed people believe the lie that no one else feels the helplessness and hopelessness they do. So they keep their depression a secret and live in sadness and darkness on the "inside" while on the "outside" they sometimes even portray a happy-go-lucky personality...and they become very good at masking their depression from everyone who loves them. This is what is so dangerous and life-threatening about undiagnosed depression.
Please consider giving Chris a call or e-mail her to volunteer to help and/or learn more about the vision she has to bring those in darkness into the light of life in the metro Atlanta area through the AFSP-Metro Atlanta Chapter. You'll be glad you did. I sure was and as you can see, I am obviously still very supportive of this major effort!
Warning Signs of Suicide
Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings. Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them.
Warning signs of suicide include:
Observable signs of serious depression:Unrelenting low moods
Pessimism Hopelessness Desperation Anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension
Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
Making a plan: Giving away prized possessions
Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearms
Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications
Unexpected rage or anger
The emotional crises that usually precede suicide are often recognizable and treatable. Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often it is rather expressed as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that had been enjoyable. One can help prevent suicide through early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses. ---Source: AFSP