Monday July 23, 2018

Yes to life!

LIFE is sacred, life is important. Life is difficult.

Everyone has problems. All experience stress. Many handle these concerns easily. They can move forward right away. But sometimes one gets overwhelmed with everything that happens that he or she cannot cope with the situation. They slowly become tired and exhausted that they may experience depression.

Depression is a mood disorder, a condition where a person feels sad, anxious and empty. The person may suddenly loss interest in pleasurable activities.

Some causes would be irregular hormones, a first degree relative may have depression and too many stressful events in life.

People who are diagnosed with depression by a psychiatrist may feel tired all the time, may experience guilt, have sleep disturbances and have eating problems. Some think of killing themselves to end their pain.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 800,000 die from suicide every year and it gets higher every year.

This is a big concern. Suicide is the 15th leading cause of death globally. It is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 age group and 5th in the 30-49 age group. Suicide rates are also high for people 70 years old and above.

Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved.

Here are some suicide warning signs:

• experience unbearable pain
• feels like they are a burden to others
• talk about killing themselves
• feels trapped
• having no reason to live
• often feels sad (depression)
• loss of interest
• rage
• humiliation
• irritability
• loss of interest
• often feels anxious
• withdraws from activities
• increased use of alcohol and drugs
• cting recklessly
• isolating from family and friends
• sleeping to much or too little
• giving away prized possessions
• aggression
• visiting or calling people to say goodbye
• looking for a way to kill themselves

We can prevent suicide. We can be instrumental in saving a life. If we know someone who shows signs of depression especially one who expresses killing himself, we should help this person. It is important that we reach out to him, listen to him, and encourage him to ask for professional help. Not just to encourage to seek help, but go with him to the psychiatrist.

The Department of Health and Natasha Goulbourn Foundation have partnered for Hopeline. People who suffer an emotional crisis and suicide prevention can call 0917-558-4673 or (02) 804-4673. For Globe and TM subscribers, they can dial 2919.

Better yet, visit one of our psychiatrists here in Negros Occidental.

Yes to life. Save a life.