No one ever commits suicide on a whim. There is always a reason that either someone is showing signs or keeping to themselves. It is important to know the common reasons why people commit suicide so that you can be prepared to help that person. Also, it may be time to think about a depression treatment program. Call us at 855.478.3650 for more information.
Why Do People Commit Suicide?
There are many reasons why people commit suicide. The most common cause of suicide in 2012 alone was depression, with 43,000 dead in the US. People who are clinically depressed may feel like their lives aren’t worth living anymore. They may feel this way because they think their problems will never be solved. Alternately, they may think that those around them would be better off if they weren’t alive.
Let’s look at some specific mental issues responsible:
Depression is a serious mental illness where victims feel sad, hopeless and lack interest in things they once enjoyed doing. Major events trigger this condition, such as losing a job, going through a divorce, or experiencing financial problems.
People may commit suicide if they have a mental health condition like depression. With it, comes an overwhelming sadness. It can also be from bipolar disorder where you switch from severe depression to mania or anxiety. These involve an intense worry that makes it hard to maintain friendships or hold a steady job.
Schizophrenia causes the victim to hear voices and see things that don’t exist in reality. The condition occurs in about 1% of the world’s population, and is more common in men than women.
An individual with schizophrenia may have a fear of incarceration for doing things that aren’t actually wrong because they assume that others are trying to harm them. When people have suicidal thoughts it can sometimes be very hard to tell the difference between a real threat and a perceived threat. This makes it difficult for the victim of schizophrenia to live a normal life, therefore they are more inclined to commit suicide.
Another reason is going through a traumatic experience like physical assault, sexual assault, or seeing someone die or get hurt. You might get nightmares, view the world differently, or live in fear at every corner. You may feel like suicide is the only way to escape your nightmares. If you have any of these mental health conditions, it is important to go to treatment before you get to the point of having suicidal thoughts.
People who are bullied tend to commit suicide as they feel like it is the only way they can escape the pain. People get bullied when others consider them physically or socially weak. Bullying can get even worse with technology. If people post embarrassing photos or posts about you, a lot of people may see it and it may seem like your reputation is under assault by someone else.
Having a drug addiction is also a contributing factor. In fact, you may be using drugs to escape your pain. However, the high you feel can be temporary. Unfortunately, you can develop a tolerance where you no longer feel the effects of the drug.Drug use is no way to escape the pain and going to rehab will help you identify the triggers that lead you to drug use and help you find healthy ways to heal from the pain.
Remember, there is always someone out there to help you with any problems you have.
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Located in Tacoma, Washington, Bayview Center’s mission is simple. We offer clinically-driven programs and services to treat a number of substance abuse disorders. We also treat anxiety and depression using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, yoga therapy, and more for a successful recovery. For more information, please call us at 855.478.3650 as we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.