How to Know when to Say “I Need Help” for Depression or Suicide

This post was originally written on 8/4/2009, and revised on 10/11/2011.


Sometimes people who suffer from depression wait way to long to find the help they need. Therefore, the hope is that this article will help a person overcome this troublesome cognitive state that can have a negative impact on someone’s ability to function.

The hope is that people who are depressed who read this will learn to enjoy life again. This information could even save a life. 

There are many signs that a person suffers from moderate to severe depression. Some of these symptoms include hopelessness, worthlessness, and lack of ability to enjoy life. Some people that are depressed often will feel fatigued all the time and will also sleep too much, and others that are depressed may sleep too little.



A person who is depressed may also have more serious symptoms that need to be taken care of straightaway. For example, anyone who has thought of killing him or her self should get in touch with a local crisis counseling center now. Additionally, there is no shame in needing help and there are numerous qualified people who care a great deal about you and they can serve you.

What happens when a person who is contemplating suicide calls a crisis hotline or visits a crisis center is that someone will provide that person with immediate help and attention. Then, if that crisis counselor has determined that it is safe to do so, then the person is guided to a place where he or she can get some sleep.

However, if it is clear to a counselor that a person demands additional help and has a high risk for hurting oneself  then that somebody may be committed into a mental health facility until it is safe for that individual to go home.

If you are plagued with thoughts of suicide the message of hope in you needs to be re-enforced, and you need to find help as soon as possible. In fact, the fact that you are reading this article is considered a cry for help, and this article was meant to show people like you that  people really do care about you.



In some cases, a person can be depressed just temporarily. One case in point would be that regarding a person who has just lost a loved one or someone may have suffered a relationship breakup or divorce. Other examples of people who suffer temporary depression  are those that may even have lost a child because of an unexplained or sudden illness or catastrophe.

Oftentimes life for people who have gone through these unpleasant occurrences will pass and that person will be able to resume a normal life again. In other instances, depression is a sign of a psychological illness that might require use of prescription medication  and clinical counseling.

However, both people who are temporarily or chronically depressed can profit from help, support, and counseling of some kind. Sometimes when a depressed person  is not able to phone their regular counselor they might also benefit from the support of a good friend, or from another support group member.

There also might be times when family members can help a depressed sibling, parent, cousin, aunt, uncle, or child. The only exception is if the depressed person does not have a healthy, close-knit relationship with a family member who wants to help.

Remember, not everyone is someone who can help you because they need help themselves. Trying to gain support from a person who also has untreated depression is not your best course of action. Seek help from a person who is recovering or from someone who has recovered from depression.

Even positive or necessary changes can at times cause depression. For instance, a woman who has just delivered a newborn child into the world may go through what is normally known as post partum depression or post partum blues.

This is went a mother feels no affection for her child  for some time after she gives birth. This happens in part due to a hormonal change, and is also quite a  common chemical and emotional reaction to the let-down after anticipating a very exciting and significant milestone.

The condition of post partum depression is just as treatable as any other type of depression is. In fact, all major depressive symptoms can be addressed in some way or another, either by prescription or non-prescription remedies.


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J.A.B.'s Freelance World Health News

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