of the people who suffer recurring
depressions end up taking their own
life. If you have had several depressions,
we advise you to remember that a disease
which can be treated mustn't rule
your life in this way.
risk of committing suicide is 15-20
times greater amongst people with
recurring depressions than amongst
people without depressions. But you
can do a lot to prevent getting recurring
of all suicides are committed by people
who suffer from a mental illness,
particularly depression, and that
is far too many. By reading about
are many more people who attempt suicide
than people who die from it. Women
generally try to commit suicide 2-3
times more often than men. But men
commit suicide 2-3 times more often
who have previously tried to take
their own life have an increased risk
of committing suicide. But it is never
too late to come out of the depression
and with that the thoughts of suicide.
Read more about treatment.
in the family
risk of suicide seems to be hereditary.
Suicide occurs more frequently in
some families. Results from twin and
adoption studies suggest that it isn't
just the tendency to developing depression
that is hereditary but also the actual
risk of committing suicide.
and medicinal abuse
who are suffering from depression
and simultaneously abuse alcohol or
medicine have an increased risk of
committing suicide. But both alcohol
abuse and depression can be treated.
who are both suffering from depression
and a serious
physical disease have an increased
risk of committing suicide. But the
increased risk can be reduced dramatically
by preventing and treating depression.
of social support
who are alone without a family, friends
and other social support also appear
to have an increased risk of committing
suicide. The same applies to people
who are not working. It is therefore
a good idea to try and make contact
with other people. You can for example
take part in associations or fitness
centres or sports clubs. It can also
be a good idea to contact Depressionsforeningen,
which is an association of people
who have had a depression.
stages of the disease
greatest risk of suicide attempts
lies in the early stages of the disease.
The majority of suicides are committed
during one of the first depressive
episodes. It is important that you
are examined by your doctor. Even
if you have just had the thought of
after your discharge
the weeks just after your discharge
from a psychiatric ward, the risk
of committing suicide is particularly
great. You should therefore make sure
that you are closely attached to your
family and friends. Avoid being alone.
you stop taking your medicine
you suddenly stop taking antidepressants
or mood stabilizing medicine (e.g.
lithium) the risk of developing depression
again is increased. The risk of suicide
is especially great immediately after
you stop taking the medication.
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