Depression and Suicide

“Some medications must be stopped gradually to give the body time to adjust.”

Depression And Suicide

“The SSRIs and other newer medications that affect neurotransmitters such as dopamine or norepinephrine generally have fewer side effects than tricyclics.”

“Through verbal exchange with the therapist, as well as homework assignments between therapy sessions, CBT helps patients understand their depression and resolve problems related to it.”

Sometimes depression can cause people to feel like putting themselves in harms way, or killing themselves. Although the majority of people with depression do not die by suicide, having depression does increase suicide risk compared to people without depression.

If you are thinking about suicide, get help immediately:

  • Call your doctors office.
  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
  • Ask a family member or friend to take you to the hospital or call your doctor.
  • Call the toll free, 24 hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 800 273 TALK (1 800 273 8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at the suicide crisis center nearest you.

Lithium has for many years been the treatment of choice for bipolar disorder, as it can be effective in smoothing out the mood swings common to this disorder, but its use must be carefully monitored, as the range between an effective dose and a toxic one is small.

Psychotherapy can generally be considered ineffective if a trial of three months has not produced a measurable and noticeable improvement.

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