Facebook Pixel

13 Warning Signs Depression is Getting Worse

By HERWriter
 
Rate This
13 Signs Depression is Worse, 8 Risk Factors for Suicide B-D-S/PhotoSpin

It was a shock and tragedy for comedy lovers when Robin Williams died on Monday, August 11, 2014. What was even more devastating was that he took his own life as an alleged result of his battle with depression and potentially a substance abuse disorder.

Despite this horrible set of circumstances, we may still find a silver lining. There is no better time to discuss the struggles of depression, suicide prevention and red flags to watch out for before it’s too late.

This plethora of information could help save future lives.

When a woman already has depression, it’s easy for friends and loved ones to acknowledge that fact and assume it won’t get any worse. That is unfortunately not true.

Depression can change in severity, just like any mental illness or medical condition. So it’s important to keep an eye especially on loved ones who are currently suffering from a mental illness. It could mean the difference between that person getting help and treatment, or potentially attempting suicide if life becomes unbearable.

There are certain risk factors and signs that a depressed woman may attempt suicide.

Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and author of “You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life,” cautioned via email that although not every suicidal woman shares her thoughts with others, it is a major warning sign if a woman says out loud that she is contemplating suicide.

Here are eight potential risk factors for suicide (especially when noticed in a person who has a deepening depression):

1) “Talking about giving up”

2) “Putting her affairs into order”

3) “Alluding to harming herself”

4) Family history

5) “Past history of attempts”

6) Access to weapons, medication or drugs that could end her life

7) “Living alone and/or lack of social supports with whom she has regular contact”

8) History of mental illness

Durvasula also gave seven warning signs that depression is getting worse:

1) “The sad mood will get 'sadder,' and this may manifest by greater apathy (literally doesn't want or feel like she is able to do the things she needs or wants to do).”

Add a Comment5 Comments

EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I found this site because I'm at the point where I just can't take it anymore. The people on this Earth are all just cruel and heartless, it seems. Everything feels like it's my fault, and my parents don't make it much better. My mother knows I have depression, but all she seems to do is make it worse. Looking back at myself when I was young, it surprises me how I could get up and act as if the world was all sunshine and rainbows. Everyone at school jokes about depression, not knowing that there's someone struggling with it right behind them. People always say, "You can't be sad, there's people who have it worse than you." Really, it's like saying you can't be happy because others have it better. But whenever I'd say that, they would just not care. I literally have no one who actually cares. I can't see myself going anywhere in life, I just don't have a purpose. All I do is waste everyone else's oxygen. I don't fit in with the few people I talk to at school, and my best friend has stopped talking to me because she found other friends. I've tried cutting, and it helped for a while, but now I've fallen deeper. And I know I won't ever be happy again, so I've decided I want to end it. Everyone says that people who speak about ending their lives don't actually do it, well- I guess I'm going to prove them wrong.

March 16, 2017 - 1:44pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I am at a point of giving up.

April 23, 2016 - 1:31pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I feel the same way. Please don't give up. Maybe we can get through this together.

April 25, 2016 - 1:16am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I don't recall my log in. My husband took his life in 2012. He was high functioning autistic but it was never diagnosed and since this was a marriage later in our lives, it wasn't as noticeable as it may have been when he was much younger. Much has happened in my life since his death but everything is still tied to him because there is so much to get through before I can even experience/live my life in a more positive manner. Having a support system would be nice but I don't have too much in that arena. I have been fortunate to literally Push myself into taking a class that I have not been able to utilize the information yet due to my stress and feeling like I'm just coming out from post traumatic stress, but the good thing of the class besides the information is that I did meet two women with whom I sometimes communicate and we do get together sometimes. That connection has been heavenly sent and much appreciated. I've learned much about autism and now I am learning about shock and grief. For me, it is so emotional and yet I know but it's difficult to understand that to my late husband, his life and death (due to the autism) could have been a "to do" check list for the day. My mind has done all the questioning: I should have, would have, could have, or could I, or was it, or was it not, and dozens more. May all those who suffer loss, find peace and love.

August 16, 2014 - 12:28am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Anonymous...just read your post about your husband. My heart goes out to you, I can't even begin to comprehend what you have been going through. It helps me understand what those left behind would feel. I hope things/life gets better for you real soon. XOXO

September 8, 2014 - 4:34am
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Depression

Get Email Updates

Related Checklists

Depression Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!