Does Depression Exceed Resources For Coping With Pain ?

http://www.crunchnow.comDepression leads people to focus mostly on failures and disappointments, to emphasize the negative side of their situations, and to downplay their own capabilities or worth. Someone with severe depression is unable to see the possibility of a good outcome and may believe they will never be happy or things will never go right for them again.

Depression affects a person's thoughts in such a way that the person doesn't see when a problem can be overcome. It's as if the depression puts a filter on the person's thinking that distorts things. That's why depressed people don't realize that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem in the same way that other people do. A teen with depression may feel like there's no other way out of problems, no other escape from emotional pain, or no other way to communicate their desperate unhappiness.

Sometimes people who feel suicidal may not even realize they are depressed. They are unaware that it is the depression — not the situation — that's influencing them to see things in a "there's no way out," "it will never get better," "there's nothing I can do" kind of way.

When depression lifts because a person gets the proper therapy or treatment, the distorted thinking is cleared. The person can find pleasure, energy, and hope again. But while someone is seriously depressed, suicidal thinking is a real concern.

People with a condition called bipolar disorder are also more at risk for suicide because their condition can cause them to go through times when they are extremely depressed as well as times when they have abnormally high or frantic energy (called mania or manic). Both of these extreme phases of bipolar disorder affect and distort a person's mood, outlook, and judgment. For people with this condition, it can be a challenge to keep problems in perspective and act with good judgment.
“Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.”

2 New Comments:

Very interesting topic and the article just touches the surface!
I am an Addictions Mentor and Certified Coach. I am associated with an accredited psychiatrist.
Depression is common with people suffering from addictions, and most notably addiction to alcohol and Marijuana. Often , good mentoring and a life balance program can assist in relieving depression!
Keith Bray

Wow Keith That's awesome to know alot of people are depressed and need some type of help.
I'm glad we have a few good people left to help out.