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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Mental disorder, addiction and suicide
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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. This fact itself is cause for concern. What is it that really pushes someone to take their own life? There can be many answers to this question, for some, suicide could seem like the only solution to all their problems. Or an individual could be dealing with an untreated mental disorder such as depression, which if ignored for long could make a person suicidal. It is not that every depressed person wants to end his/her life. In extreme cases, a person could become completely hopeless which coupled with persisting sadness could compel an individual to take such a step. Suicide impacts not only those who choose to end their lives but also their families and loved ones.

The number of suicide cases is rising across the U. S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rate in the U.S. increased by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) reports that an American dies every 12.3 minutes and that annually Americans attempt to end their own lives 1.1 million times. In addition, 90 percent of those who die of suicide had symptoms of a mental health problem at the time of their death.

While grieving the loss of a loved one is never easy, death by suicide is devastating for the family unwilling to contemplate its potential factors. The famous adage — “Suicide has been described as a death like no other” — explains how loved ones are at a complete loss when they try to identify possible reasons and single out influences responsible for the death

Americans observe the “National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month” in September every year, wherein people come together to share their stories and experiences related to suicide. Most people are reluctant to share their feelings of sadness and persistent thoughts of ending their lives for fear of being stigmatized and labeled as mentally ill. While not all mentally disoriented people commit suicide, the possibility that untreated mental disorders prompt suicidal feelings must not be ignored.

Reaching out to those grieving for suicide victims

The feeling of loss owing to suicide can leave friends and loved ones shattered. Still, many associate suicide with committing a sinful act and, therefore, restrain themselves from consoling grieving people. Some simply avoid the situation out of ignorance of the mental state of those left in shock at the sudden loss. However, one should reach out to the suicide survivors. Often the people left behind have to deal with guilt and blame, unable to come to terms as to why someone close could have taken the step and what they could have done to prevent it.

As a means to deal with the pain, shocked family members, could turn to illicit substances. They may get addicted to these drugs, in addition to suffering from depression or related emotional disorders. That is why it is important that they seek help at the earliest and not let any trauma persist and turn into a bigger problem later.

Prevent suicide, seek help

People do not commit suicide to end their own lives, they just look upon it as a permanent and reliable way to put an end to their pain. For instance, those battling severe depression could harbor feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness and unable to find a solution to their long-standing problems could start using addictive substances like drugs or alcohol. This further exacerbates their condition. Such people are more likely to commit suicide or take the extreme step ultimately.

Mental health conditions need precedence over other problems. Untreated problems of the mind can compel people to get hooked on dangerous substances, calling for need of dual diagnosis treatment.

When people seek treatment for their substance abuse problems, clinicians fail to realize that the root problem might be the psychological distress. In such cases, it is imperative to refer the patients to a dual diagnosis treatment center. Sovereign Health is one of the leading residential dual diagnosis treatment centers in the U.S. Our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Texas help in quick recovery of patients availing necessary treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representatives for more information.

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