Depression is a disease. It's caused by changes in
chemicals in the brain that are called neurotransmitters. Depression isn't a
character flaw, and it doesn't mean you are bad or weak. It doesn't mean you
are going crazy.
People who are very depressed can feel so bad that they
think about suicide. They may feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless. But most
people who think about suicide don't want to die. They may see suicide as a way
to solve a problem or end their pain.
It is hard to know if someone is
thinking about suicide. But past history or events may make suicide
Things that can make suicide more likely
Warning signs of suicide include someone:
Read more about
warning signs of suicide.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
Current as of:
May 3, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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