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Thu Jun 27, 2019, 04:53 AM

People with depression need a strong support group to help them step away from suicide

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report that is the closest thing we have to the quantification of despair. Between 1999 and 2017, suicide rates in America rose to their highest level since World War II. The increase can be found among women and men, and in every racial and ethnic group. But the spike among people between the ages of 15 and 34 is particularly disturbing. Hopelessness among the young seems a more direct assault on hope itself.

Researchers posit that the opioid epidemic may be partly to blame. Just as a family can be decimated by an overdose, a sense of general despair may take root in communities where overdose deaths are common and visible.

Another proposed explanation is social media, which may expose younger people to bullying while constricting meaningful human interactions increasing the need for emotional support while narrowing the sources of emotional support. Even worse, emotionally fragile people can find perverse forms of online communities that echo and encourage their despair.

Weighing and testing such explanations are important to understanding the sociology of suicide. But for people who contemplate or attempt suicide, the struggle is more personal and philosophic.

Read more: https://tucson.com/opinion/national/national-opinion-people-with-depression-need-a-strong-support-group/article_d62c2663-4be8-5020-8305-c600dc6f9a2d.html

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TexasTowelie Jun 2019 OP
Skittles Jun 2019 #1
TexasTowelie Jun 2019 #2
Skittles Jun 2019 #4
mopinko Jun 2019 #5
Skittles Jun 2019 #6
get the red out Jun 2019 #3

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2019, 04:54 AM

1. problem is

a lot of depressed people have little family or no real friends

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2019, 04:57 AM

2. Yes I know.

My brother is the only family I associate with and at times he hates my guts. I haven't seen any of my friends in over five years and I've spoken with only two of them in that time. I only speak with them infrequently.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2019, 05:55 AM

4. I feel for you

it can be hard to feel yourself sinking if no one is around enough to really notice

someone is always here on DU, which is good for venting

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2019, 11:42 AM

5. isolating yourself is a big part of the disease process.

 

yup, yup it is.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2019, 04:13 PM

6. agreed

believe me, I know

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2019, 05:03 AM

3. Agree

But i am amazed I survived my family's reaction to my asking for help when I was 18, of course that was 1982.

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