Have you ever had one of those days when you just can't find motivation to do anything? You look around you and think to yourself 'I've GOT to get something done' but for some reason the energy just isn't there. No matter how hard you try it just isn't happening!
Maybe you've had something happen in your life that's caused this feeling or maybe you've just been overdoing it and pushing yourself too hard. Guess what? You aren't alone! No matter what the reason is don't let it get you depressed. It happens to the best of people.
Many people get depressed. The instance I referred to about motivation isn't necessarily depression however it can be a symptom. It seems to be a much more common disease, or at least it's becoming more widely heard about nowadays than it was years ago. There are many different types and levels of depression. As we head into the holiday season we'll also most likely hear more about it as the holidays also seem to bring it into the open and cause those with depression to have aggrivated symptoms. Whether it's you yourself or a loved one who has this disease we all want to watch for any symptoms that may cause them to do harm to themselves or possibly to others.
I lost a very close and dear relative to this awful disease. He was only 24 years young when he committed suicide. It's hard to understand the why's of how a person can get to this point. He left a beautiful little daughter behind and of course the rest of the family. When a person really decides to make this choice I can tell you this, there is no stopping them. They will just do it. However as their loved ones, we can watch for signs and possibly intervene at a point before it gets this severe.
Things to watch for are:
Warning signs that someone may be thinking about or planning to commit suicide include:
Always talking or thinking about death
Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death such as driving fast or running red lights
Losing interest in things one used to care about
Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
Talking about suicide or killing one's self
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Be especially concerned if a person is exhibiting any of these warning signs and has attempted suicide in the past. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, between 20% and 50% of people who commit suicide have had a previous attempt.
Not everyone who attempts suicide of course has depression. I can tell you this, it's a very hard subject to talk about but it's one that needs to get out there more into the public eye and more awareness needs to be brought up about it. I know our family misses my nephew every day and we'll never stop missing him.
I just ask each and every one of you if you will just do one thing, if you see anyone who you think may be depressed or exhibiting any of these signs, or a sign that may not be on this list and you think they may possibly be suicidal, do the right thing and step in. Please don't walk away. You CAN help and it may just save that person's life!