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In light of the tragic news of actor/comedian Robin Williams‘ apparent suicide, from what is believed to have been caused by a depression, I was prompted to post this information about depression and what resources are out there to help those in need:

 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

 

Signs of Depression:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

  • Fatigue and decreased energy

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

  • Irritability, restlessness

  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

  • Overeating or appetite loss

  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings

  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Warning signs of suicide with depression include:

  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy

  • 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 through 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”

  • Talking about suicide (killing one’s self)

  • Visiting or calling people one cares about

SOURCE

 

If you were listening to the Rickey Smiley Morning Show this morning, you may have heard the guest doctor mention a website for those affected by depression and contemplating suicide. Here is the website!

 

 

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