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 committing 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 ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofJanuary 11, 2013
Current as of:
January 11, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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