Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. This is not true–depression is a mental health condition with distressing symptoms. It is not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of “by “pulling yourself together”. However, with the right intervention and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
“I couldn’t see past the pain. It was a different reality for me. I only knew I wanted the pain to stop, the anguish to go away.”
Various kinds of emotional pain can lead to thoughts of suicide. The reasons for this pain are unique to each one of us, and the ability to cope with the pain differs from person to person. Thoughts about suicide are frightening and can make you feel unwell. If you are unable to think of solutions other than suicide, it is not that other solutions don’t exist, but rather that you are currently unable to see them. The intense emotional pain that you’re experiencing right now can distort your thinking so it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems, or to connect with those who can offer support.
Meeting with a psychotherapist on a regular basis allows you to openly express your feelings and discuss any problems you may be having. Unlike friends and family, your psychotherapist is an objective professional who can listen to your worries without judging you and can help you to see solutions that otherwise may not be apparent to you.