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Depression and Suicide Prevention : Home Treatment

Undoubletdly, depression is the sole reason why people commit suicide. Depressed p[eople have a very low self esteem, feel hopeless, helpless and extremely sad.

If you are the health care provider or simply a friend who watches over someone at risk for suidide, you need to watch for signs for suicide during home treatment.Especially when the suicide threat becomes real (but never disregard it even if the patient seems to be joking about it, people have uniqe personalities), or the seyptoms become more severe or frequent. These symptoms can be verbal statement of the person’s plan to “go away”, alcoholism, withdrawal from society, abrupt aggression or seclusion, or giving away of valued possessions.

Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without warning, most do not. You can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and take action when the signs are present. Take action to evaluate your suspicions if you think that someone you know is considering suicide.

Here is something you can do to somehow prevent the person from hurting himself:

The warning signs of suicide change accross the age spectrum. Know the warning signs of suicide:

Warning signs of suicide in older adults, such as the recent death of a partner or diagnosis of a life-limiting illness

Warning signs of suicide in adults, such as alcohol or substance abuse, recent job loss, or divorce

Warning signs of suicide in children and teens, such as preoccupation with death or suicide or a recent breakup of a relationship

Some helpful tips:

Follow up to find out how the person’s treatment is going. A suicidal person may be reluctant to seek help and may not continue with treatment after the first visit with a health professional. Your support may help the person decide to continue treatment.

Once again, take all warning signs seriously, even if the suicidal threat or attempt seems minor. Take any conversation about suicide seriously, even if the person mentions it in a joking manner.

Be willing to listen. If a family member, friend, or coworker talks about suicide or wanting to die or disappear, even in a joking manner, the conversation must be taken seriously. Once you know the person’s thoughts on the subject, you may be able to help prevent a suicide.

Discard all prescription and nonprescription medicines that are not currently being used.

Help the person make arrangements to see a doctor or mental health professional immediately.

Don’t be afraid to ask “What is the matter?” or bring up the subject of suicide. There is no evidence that talking about suicide leads to suicidal thinking or suicide.

Remove all guns from the home. Guns were used in about half of suicides committed in the United States during 2001. Studies have shown that suicide attempts are more likely to lead to death in homes that have a gun, even if the gun is kept unloaded and securely locked up.

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