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13 Warning Signs Depression is Getting Worse

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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).”

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I am at a point of giving up.

April 23, 2016 - 1:31pm
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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

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
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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
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