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How To Prevent Suicide: 3 Risk Factors For Suicide Attempts | [REBLOG]


A “depressive mixed states” often precedes a suicide attempt.

A major study of 2,811 people suffering from depression has identified three behaviours that predict a suicide attempt.

The study compared depressed people who had attempted suicide with depressed people who had not.

The researchers found there were certain patterns of behaviour which increased the risk of a suicide attempt by 50%.

They are:

  • Risky behaviour: this could be reckless sexual behaviour, dangerous driving or some other form of risky behaviour.
  • Agitation: walking around the room, adjusting clothing, wringing one’s hands etc..
  • Impulsivity: suddenly doing things without thinking about the consequences or planning.

Dr. Dina Popovic, one of the study’s authors, said:

“We found that “depressive mixed states” often preceded suicide attempts.

A depressive mixed state is where a patient is depressed, but also has symptoms of “excitation,” or mania.

We found this significantly more in patients who had previously attempted suicide, than those who had not.

In fact 40% of all the depressed patients who attempted suicide had a “mixed episode” rather than just depression.

All the patients who suffer from mixed depression are at much higher risk of suicide.

We also found that the standard DSM criteria identified 12% of patients at showing mixed states, whereas our methods showed 40% of at-risk patients.

This means that the standard methods are missing a lot of patients at risk of suicide.”

Dr. Popovic continued:

“In our opinion, assessing these symptoms in every depressed patient we see is extremely important, and has immense therapeutical implications.

Most of these symptoms will not be spontaneously referred by the patient, the clinician needs to inquire directly, and many clinicians may not be aware of the importance of looking at these symptoms before deciding to treat depressed patients.

This is an important message for all clinicians, from the GPs who see depressed patients and may not pay enough attention to these symptoms, which are not always reported spontaneously by the patients, through to secondary and tertiary level clinicians.

In highly specialized tertiary centres, clinicians working with bipolar patients are usually more aware of this, but that practice needs to extent to all levels.

The strength of this study is that it’s not a clinical trial, with ideal patients — it’s a big study, from the real world.”

The research was presented at the 28th ECNP Congress in Amsterdam (Popovic et al., 2015).

 

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The Simple Questions That Really Help Depressed People | [REBLOG]


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I found a quick read over at PsyBlog explaining how Socratic questioning helps folks with their depression. Check out the link below and let me know what you thought in the Comments section!

The Simple Questions That Really Help Depressed People.

 

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Are You Depressed? The Symptoms of Male Melancholy [Reblog]


This is the third installment of The Art of Manliness’ series on male depression. Enjoy the informative  read!

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http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/03/24/leashing-the-black-dog-the-symptoms-of-depression/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheArtOfManliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29

 
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Posted by on 03/25/2015 in Reblog

 

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Leashing the Black Dog: What Causes Depression? [Reblog]


This is a really informative article, posted on The Art of Manliness. It is a lengthy read, but really clarifies some possible causes of depression if you are looking for answer – whether you are a man or a woman. The author’s quote below was my takeaway-

The healthiest approach to dealing with your depression may not be waiting for experts to tell you exactly what’s causing it, but to create a narrative of your own — based on sound reasoning — that leads you to take the most effective action.

What is your takeaway from this post?

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/03/23/what-causes-depression/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheArtOfManliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29

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Posted by on 03/24/2015 in Reblog

 

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What We Can Do about Depression [NAMI Reblog]


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Check out the bulleted list in this reblog from the NAMI blog.

What can we do about this public health crisis that takes so many from us?

  • Advocate. Fight for better treatments and for research into the underlying causes of psychiatric illnesses.
  • Be proactive. Work to be sure that people get screened for this depression and that help happens earlier. National Depression Screening Day is October 9.
  • Get medical. Get checked for medical causes of depression like thyroid disease.
  • Take the long view. We can encourage people to stay with treatments as some do work even after others have failed. That is well established from the STAR*D study by NIMH.
  • Integrate. Co-occurring disorders (like depression and substance use) often are poorly integrated into a persons care plan. This needs to change as substance use can be a failed self medication strategy to treat depression.
  • Change the field. We can demand more cognitive behavioral therapy, which clearly helps with depression, but many mental health professionals aren’t trained to provide it.
  • Open up. We can change the dialogue about depression—it is a condition that needs to be talked about. Isolation and silence are the dangerous traveling partners of depression.
  • Come together. Our voice is more powerful together than alone.
  • Love. Like Robin’s character in Good Will Hunting we can reach out and love those we know who are struggling and let them know we are here for them.

SOURCE: http://blog.nami.org/2014/08/what-we-can-do-about-depression.html

 
 

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This is a GREAT narrative on depression that you NEED to read. [Reblog]


The Art of Manliness has started a short series entitled, “Leashing the Black Dog – A series on Male Depression.” The first post in the series, My Struggle with Depression, was well written and I’m looking forward to the follow-up posts. I think all survivors of depression should give it a read, not just men. You can find it at the link below the image.

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http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/03/09/leashing-the-black-dog-my-struggle-with-depression/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheArtOfManliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29

May you find peace in whatever valley you are travelling.

-Chris

 
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How to Become a Better Blogger 4: Essentials [Reblog]

How to Become a Better Blogger 4: Essentials [Reblog]

This blog was originally posted on http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/popular-

In her post, “How to Become a Better Blogger 4: Essentials“, author “timethief” lays out the best practices of successful bloggers. Here is a brief overview of what we should be practicing to build our blogging skill set as well as our success. Thank you timethief for this post! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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