Depresion and Suicidal – How are they linked?

Depression and Suicidal Tendencies   The recent death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has put the spotlight back onto one of the world’s most fatal mental illnesses – depression. It’s sad to think that the comedian, who made audiences laugh until they cry, has now brought them tears of sorrow. More unfortunate though, was the fact that while he made those who were watching him truly happy, the comedian didn’t quite feel the same. He openly struggled with depression and was clearly not coping as well as everyone thought.   Depression: The Bigger Picture At present, depression is a growing global problem, as millions and millions of people from every corner of the world suffer in their everyday lives. Depression on its own is quite concerning enough, but it’s the results that can occur if not managed correctly.   Some people who suffer various degrees of depression can exhibit signs of excessive weight gain or weight loss due to poor diet, while others resort to drug and alcohol abuse. More frightening though, is that they develop suicidal tendencies that forces them to take their own lives, such as in the case of the said comedian.   Depression: The Lead Role Although depression is not the sole motivation for suicidal tendencies, it is definitely one of the most influencing factors that lead to it. Many studies have found time and again that suicidal tendencies are very high among the depressed people. These can include students who constantly fail academically, employees who lose their jobs, entrepreneurs who can’t get their business back on track, and many others. The one thing they all hold in common is they have hope that one day life will become better. […]

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Repressed Memory

Repression is a concept that is regularly argued within the psychology world. Whilst most psychologists believe this condition exists, the scientists have other thoughts.   The concept around repressed memory is that something shocking happens, and the mind pushes it into your unconscious as a way of coping. It can remain there for years or even decades and one day the memory can emerge into consciousness and be triggered by various elements or situations.   Commonly repression can happen when childhood trauma occurs such as sexual abuse that allegedly has been repressed for decades, until recovered in therapy. Following the discovery of repressed memory, can come Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.   As adults, we would rather forget traumatic experiences, and whilst we can forget the small details, we still retain the emotions that come with those types of experiences. As a child though, it’s natural to store fragmented memories of events. Many psychotherapists also believe that a high level of all psychological disorders is due to repressed memories of childhood events, trauma and abuse.   Repressed memory is also commonly known as Memory Blanks. People can experience memory blanks of a year or several years during childhood. Now before we jump to conclusions, just because someone doesn’t remember every single detail about their childhood, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are experiencing memory blanks or repression. However, if you are also experiencing problem relationships, sexual dysfunction, panic attacks, phobias, suicide attempts or other issues around self-worth then it’s probably worth having a chat with someone.   Your memory is a funny instrument and works differently to organs that are physical such as the brain. A persons memory has been described in the past as a filing […]

Depression, Suicide and Counselling

It is a known fact that many people from around the world – over 120 million according to this article from – suffer from some kind of depression.  These can range from mild, moderate or extreme cases. A bigger concern though, is that those who suffer from depression are bound to develop suicidal tendencies, or at least contemplating it. Suicide rates all over the world in general have been on the rise over the past decades. In Australia there are around 2,500 deaths per year as a result of suicide, which is around 6 per day.  With the popular celebrity Charlotte Dawson recently taking her life, it’s important to bring this issue out to help those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Depression and Suicide Depression and suicidal tendencies should not be taken lightly and ignored. These are serious problems with serious implications on the life of the people suffering from it and those around them. They affect a person’s ability to work or study, to do hobbies or play sports, to engage in meaningful relationships and so many other good things in life. Luckily, there are warning signs that help us spot whether a person is suffering from depression or not like strong feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, weight, sleep patterns and others. There are also signs that their depression has escalated into suicidal tendencies like a sudden change in behaviour, going from extremely sad to suddenly being calm and happy. Verbal message like “They’d be better off without me,” or “It doesn’t matter” can also be signs. Of course, saying these things do not necessarily mean that the person is automatically suicidal, and that is why professionals like counsellors are there. Getting […]