Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Symptoms, Treatment, and Recovery. Cutting and Self-Harm. Suicide. Suicide is one of those subjects that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing.
If you're the one feeling suicidal, you may be afraid that you'll be judged or labeled "crazy" if you open up. Or maybe you're just convinced that no one could possibly understand. It's not much easier for concerned friends and family members, who may hesitate to speak up for fear that they're wrong or that they'll say the wrong thing. The important thing to understand is that feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn't mean that a person is crazy, or weak, or flawed. It only means that the person has more pain than they feel capable of coping with.
Depression can make you feel helpless, hopeless, or empty and numb; but there’s a lot you can do to change how you feel. Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal. If you're thinking about committing suicide, please read Suicide Help or call 1-800-273-TALK in the U.S.!
To find a suicide helpline outside the U.S., visit IASP or Suicide.org. Understanding and preventing suicide The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. What drives so many individuals to take their own lives? To those not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it's difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take their own lives.
Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that has become unbearable. Common Misconceptions about Suicide FALSE: People who talk about suicide won't really do it. FALSE: Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy. FALSE: If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop them. Helping a Depressed Person: How to Reach Out and Help Someone While Taking Care of Yourself. Helping a depressed friend or family member Depression is a serious but treatable disorder that affects millions of people, from young to old and from all walks of life.
It gets in the way of everyday life, causing tremendous pain, hurting not just those suffering from it, but also impacting everyone around them. If someone you love is depressed, you may be experiencing any number of difficult emotions, including helplessness, frustration, anger, fear, guilt, and sadness. These feelings are all normal. It’s not easy dealing with a friend or family member’s depression.
That said, there are steps you can take to help your loved one. Understanding depression in a friend or family member: Depression is a serious condition. Is my friend or family member depressed? Family and friends are often the first line of defense in the fight against depression. Be concerned if your loved one... Doesn’t seem to care about anything anymore. Depression Symptoms & Warning Signs: How to Recognize Depression Symptoms and Get Effective Help. 6 Truths About Depression and How to Overcome It
October is National Depression Screening Month.
One in 10 Americans struggles with depression. A common misconception about depression is that it is something people can just "snap out of. " Unfortunately, for those people who experience major depression disorder, it's not that simple. While depression can be serious, it is far from hopeless. There are effective treatments and actions people can take to overcome this disorder. 1) Depression is a more than just a bad mood. 2) Depression is affecting younger people. As I highlighted in my recent blog "Depression in Mothers," babies born to women who struggled with depression while pregnant have "higher levels of stress hormones ... as well as other neurological and behavioral differences.
" 3) Mindfulness can help with recurrent depression. Mindfulness practices don't change our feelings or thoughts, but they do change our relationship to our feelings and thoughts. Fifteen Simple Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness. Depression can be debilitating and is very different from just feeling unhappy.
Usually, there is a reason for unhappiness such as being rejected or not getting the job you wanted. Depression is a pervasive feeling. It’s almost as if you are in a black tunnel with no light. Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors Message Board and Chat Room - After Silence- Recovering - Anxiety Anxiety is reported by most survivors of sexual trauma.
Many survivors feel constantly jittery and "on-guard", as if expecting another assault at any moment. Others report panic, or anxiety attacks in which they experience discrete periods of overwhelming fear accompanied by physical symptoms including heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and perspiration. Anxiety can feel debilitating. When you feel an impending panic attack, or are suffering from constant feelings of anxiety, focus on your thoughts and attend to the negative messages that may be playing in your head.