Essay On Depression And Suicide

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One of the federal agencies in the United States that track suicide rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), defines suicide as “death from injury, poisoning, or suffocation where injury was self-inflicted and that the decedent intended to kill himself/herself”. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), suicide is the second leading cause of death worldwide among people ages 14 to 44 (World Health Organization,2002). Statistics indicate that one person dies of it every 40 seconds and for every death, there are many more people who try to attempt suicide, it even has a higher incidence rate than homicide. However why are some people suicidal while others are not, even when they experience the same external stressors? …show more content…
Depression increases the odds of a suicide attempt by approximately six times. It is even predicted that by the year 2030, depression will be the number one disability in high income countries (Haddad & Gunn, 2011). Depression is classified as a mood disorder and evident themes of depression are feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt and even suicide. Sure, everyone at some point in life, when dealing with struggles and hardships in life usually react with sadness, grief, hopelessness and loneliness to those certain situations, but sooner or later, with the right support group, resilience, and positive coping skills, most people can get through the depressed mood. However for some, that depressed mood goes on until they have lost interest in everything in life, they are incapable of feeling any kind of emotions such as joy or enthusiasm, even when doing something that they previously enjoyed. When someone has a depressed mood that is out of proportion that they just can’t shake off but lingers almost every day for 2 weeks or more, it could be a sign that that person has developed a depressive

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