Definition of depression: Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. – American Psychiatric Association.
The recent suicides of two Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have once again brought depression into the limelight.
Statistics about suicide are staggering. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, around 123 people kill themselves every day in our country. I’d rather not go into how people do it. You can look that up yourself.
About 123 people kill themselves every day in the United States
There is an undeniable link between suicide and depression, according to American Association of Suicidology. So many of us know a family who lost a loved one to suicide. Many of us are that family. It is awful. Not only do you lose someone you love, but you suffer the guilt of not stopping it, of not recognizing the symptoms, and you imagine the pain that was so intolerable, that they could not see any reason to live.
A shocking medical study released June 12 revealed that many common prescription medications can cause depression as a side effect. The study was released by the Journal of the American Medical Association and reported on by NPR. I have attached links to both articles for your convenience. However, you will have to pay for the entire JAMA article, if you are interested in reading it.
I am writing about this to bring it to your attention. If you are feeling seriously depressed, or even just plain sad, check the side effects of your medications. If you find ‘depression’ is listed, please contact your doctor.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help. If you are uncomfortable talking to your doctor, you can reach out to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or on an online chat at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
This is a free and confidential service.