UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION & SUICIDE

DEPRESSION

A SERIOUS, TREATABLE, VERY COMMON MEDICAL ILLNESS.
  • Typified by sadness, sleeping too little or too much, eating too little or too much, and loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities.
  • Disease responsible for the most years lived with disability, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Divided into unipolar depression (only depressive episodes) and bipolar disorder (depressive episodes alternating with manic periods of elevated mood).
  • Unipolar depression usually treated best with antidepressant medication plus psychotherapy.
  • Bipolar disorder treatment usually includes mood stabilizer.

COMMONLY USED EFFECTIVE ANTIDEPRESSANTS:

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibiters (SSRIs), Such as Fluoxetine (Prozac), Sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), Citalopram (Celexa), among others.

OTHER COMPOUNDS MAY INCLUDE:

Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Venlafaxine (Effexor), Duloxetine (Cymbalta), and Amitriptyline (Elavil).

COMMONLY USED MOOD STABILIZERS USED FOR PATIENTS WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER:

Lithium Carbonate, Divalproex Sodium (Depakote), Lamotrigine (Lamictal).

ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY (ECT), REPETITIVE TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (rTMS):

Non-Medication Treatment Alternatives for unresponsive depression may include ECT, TMS and VNS.

These are common mediations and procedures in the treatment of depression. Please consult your doctor to determine the medication or treatment appropriate for you.
CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE:

1-800-273-TALK

TEXT THE HOPELINE:

741741

SUICIDE IS AN ALL TOO COMMON RESULT OF DEPRESSION.


THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH OF U.S. ADOLESCENTS AGES 15-19.

ELEVENTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S. OVERALL.

90% OF SUICIDE ATTEMPTS MADE BY CLINICALLY DEPRESSED INDIVIDUALS.

MORE COMMON THAT HOMICIDE IN THE US.

MORE FREQUENTLY ATTEMPTED BY WOMEN OVER MEN IN U.S.

MORE FREQUENTLY COMPLETED BY MEN THAN WOMEN IN THE U.S.

HIGHEST RATE OF SUCCESSFUL SUICIDE IN OLDER WHITE MEN LIVING IN THE U.S.

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