10 Suicide Signs and Depression; WARNING!
“Did you really want to die?”
“No one commits suicide because they want to die.”
“Then why do they do it?”
“Because they want to stop the pain.”
― Tiffanie DeBartolo
One thing is crystal clear that the majority of suicide attempts and suicide deaths happen among teens with depression.
Almost all of us have observed depression in our teenage due to some reasons. We may think this sadness is due to loneliness, fluctuating hormones of puberty, disappointment, moodiness, or teenage rebellion. There are also other multiple reasons why teens are struggling and many can contribute to a major stress. Physical abuse, bullying, heavy social media use, poor career, economic stress, family discord, trauma, and academic stress are all depressive factors for youngsters. But it is seriously a life-threatening concern. We should not consider it lightly because it may cost our lives. We may also call all these factors as Suicide Signs.
Particularly, depression affects the mind as much as it does to the body. It is directly related to many disabilities such as eating disorders, low energy levels, and social difficulties. It basically affects one’s ability to do the simplest things, such as waking up in the morning, brushing your teeth, going to school or work, and eating a meal. The very feelings make it hard to function normally, focus specifically, and participate in enjoyable activities.
So, we can say these are some of the major signs of depression which may ultimately leads suicides.
“I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?”
― Ned Vizzini
But sometimes depression doesn’t lift after a few hours or a few days. Instead, it lasts, and it can seem too heavy to bear. When someone has a stress or anxiety that is intense and lingers almost all day, almost every day for 2 weeks or more, it may be a alarming sign that the person has developed major depression.
Undoubtedly, it is the most common depression among youngsters, significantly known as psychological depression or clinical depression, but it is also the easiest form of depression to treat. Psychological depression is commonly caused by some tragic or disturbing life experience and may last for a few months to many years. Nevertheless, it should be caught early and treated.
10 Major Suicide Signs:
- Changes in sleep patterns, including insomnia
- Changes in behavior including lack of concentration
- Long-term anger, frustration or tearfulness
- Withdrawal from activities of previous enjoyment
- Loss of relationships or lack of interest
- Talking about death, suicide and self-harm
- Alteration in appetite (i.e. abnormal eating routine)
- Moving or speaking slowly or too quickly (i.e. senselessness)
- Trouble concentrating or remembering information (e.g. poor academic performance)
- Expressing feelings of overwhelming shame and guilt
Consequently, the best solution to overcome depression and defeat suicide is allow teens to express their emotions. Hear them properly with attention, patience and understanding. Although you might, as a parent, feel terrified and distressed to hear about the feelings your child is having, be non-judgmental and just listen. When they are done, focus on finding solutions and options together. Sometimes just expressing feelings openly can reduce the worst of them and lay the groundwork for seeking help.
In a nutshell, keep in mind that most of the time depression is a passing mood. The sadness, loneliness, grief, and disappointment we all feel at times are normal reactions to some of the struggles of life. With the right support, some resilience, an inner belief that there will be a brighter day, and decent coping skills, most people can get through the stress that happens occasionally when life throws them a curve ball.
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