By Dr. Isaac Schumann
Eighteen year old Catherine had everything: the most
family, a loving boyfriend, awesome set of friends and a
comfortable life. But all of these things took a backseat when
she was diagnosed with depression. From the bubbly chatterbox
that she was, she morphed into a melancholic girl who had
nothing in mind but to kill herself. "There is nothing left to
live for. I'm worthless and hopeless." That statement ran in
her head over and over again. She wanted to jump off the
or drink formaldehyde on a whim.
She was suicidal.
It took a lot of trips to the doctor and support from her
family and friends before Catherine bounced back to normalcy.
Now, the melancholia and suicidal thoughts are gone. She has
just finished college and is about to start her dream job.
Suicide is defined as the act of killing oneself
It stems from severe depression, an illness that intervenes
the mental, physical and emotional aspect of a person.
The majority of depressed people do not actually die from
suicide. But depression does trigger a higher suicidal risk.
New data has reported that two percent of depressed people who
have received treatment for depression in an outpatient
scenario might die by suicide. Four percent of those who were
treated in an inpatient hospital setting might also die by the
same method. Those who have suicidal attempts before are also
likely to die by suicide later on. Another research shows that
7 percent of men with a history of depression will eventually
kill themselves whereas only 1 percent of women with history
depression will do.
Those who have had mood disorders commit suicide. The
clinically depressed younger ones often turn to substance
to kill themselves.
The most common method of suicide is by the use of firearms,
it makes up the 60 percent of suicides. From a study of the
National Institute of Mental Health, about 80 percent of white
males commit suicide by shooting themselves. This pushes the
resolve that a firearm must be removed from the home if a
family member is discovered to be at risk for suicide.
The next most common method for men is hanging where as drug
overdose or self-poisoning is the second most common suicidal
method for the women.
Other than depression, there are other risk factors for
1. Impulsivity. There are people out who do things on a whim.
If one has a gun in hand, he might shoot himself out of an
2. Traumatic life events. A death of a loved one, financial
or other adversity might compel a person to kill him or
3. History of suicide in the family. There is such a thing as
"suicide contagion" in which a person is exposed to suicides
and suicidal attempts often. This can become a risk factor for
4. Family violence If one is physically or sexually abused, he
or she might turn to suicide to end the ordeal.
5. Suicide attempt before He has done it before, why not do it
6. Alcohol and drug abuse An alcoholic or drug addict will
reach a point when he will have no qualms on killing himself.
Depression is a problem that has to be uprooted to keep
suicidal thoughts at bay. If a person is suicidal, it is a
that he receives professional treatment. Usually, those who
thinking of killing themselves do not know they need help.
Preventing suicide is no easy feat, either. It is in this
that a broad and extensive suicide prevention program must be
established. These programs must zero in on the treatment of
depression and drug abuse. Before being launched to the
they must be scientifically assessed and tested first for
effectiveness and safety. They must also be extensive and
complex enough so that the effects will last a long time and
eventually banish all suicidal thoughts. They must also be
carried out according to the age, culture and gender of the
Depression and suicide do go together, but if one works hard
combat depression thoughts of suicide will be banished.
About The Author: Dr. Isaac Schumann brings to you a life time
of experience in the mental health field