Suicide and Depression

By: James Nickel

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Determining the best solution for depression symptoms

<img src="" align="left"/>Suicide is increasingly becoming a major issue worldwide, with nations and organizations devoting a lot of time, money and effort to analyze trends and help people overcome the tendency to commit suicide. The number of people succumbing to suicide every year is over a million with an estimated 10 to 20 million cases of attempted suicide. Unidentified depression and lack of timely depression treatment are one of the major reasons of suicide.

Depression[/b] may be caused due to several factors. Depression might be in a person’s genes. Sometimes, depression can be induced by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Chemicals called neurotransmitters are responsible to passing messages through the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that pass messages from one part of the brain to another Serotonin is one such chemical and its imbalance leads to depression symptoms such as acute mood swings, overeating, insomnia and even a tendency to commit suicide. These are just few examples of the causes of depression. The success of the depression treatment depends on being able to get to the root of the problem.

A person may be suffering from one of the various forms of depression like major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder or maniac depression and dysthymia.

MDD is usually associated with depression symptoms like low self esteem, lethargy and sadness. At this stage, depression treatment usually includes counseling and prescribing anti-depressants.

Dysthymia is a form of depression that is less intense than MDD. It is usually seen in patients with extended addiction issues like alcoholism or drug addiction. Patients with dysthymia are known to learn to live with the depression symptoms..

Bipolar disorder is one of the most extreme cases of depression and usually the most dangerous too. A bipolar disorder patient has intense mood swings and moves from feeling intensely happy at one instant to feeling totally distraught at the next. Depression symptoms include violent mood swings, dangerous behavior and an inclination to suicide. If left untreated, the patients tend to hurt themselves or others in the long run and hence bipolar disorder cases require immediate medical attention. Depression treatment usually involves anti depressants, mood stabilizers and in extreme cases, confinement.

In all types of depression, it is imperative that the depression symptoms be identified and treated early on. People close to the patients like relatives and friends can make a huge difference because usually they are the earliest to notice the symptoms. These are the people who can help the most by taking the patient to a medical practitioner and getting the best depression treatment possible.


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