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Symptoms of Depression and Why Some People Choose Suicide

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One of my distant relatives lost her only daughter recently. She took her own life due to depression. We found out that the girl was 17 and was disappointed in failing her 12th grade exams. It was a very sad time for all her family and the people who knew her. Later on we were told by one of her family members that she was not really feeling good about herself for a long time and that she was put on medication and under vigil constantly for depression. So then, this was an on-going thing for at least a couple of years, not an instantaneous incident.

I remember one of my cousins who committed suicide when we were in grade school. I went to school with her and we attended all the family ceremonies. I remember how sad her parents were for the longest time. Why do people commit suicide? Why do people go into depression? How could a person take his/her life by themselves? I can only imagine the pain they must go through in making such a tough decision. I believe that many people who commit suicide do not truly mean to kill themselves. Either they do it without thinking about it in haste or they are desperate to get over the problems they have and take death as the last resort.

Although suicidal thoughts in adults prevail, they seem to be more prominent in teenagers between 15 and 18. At that age they only allow enough time to formulate an idea and execute it without thinking of the consequences. Sometimes they don't even think that it's their life that they are losing. Death seems like the easy way out of any problem for many people in depression.

Symptoms of depression are often overlooked by close family members and friends. Some kinds of depression are nurtured from a person's childhood and grow enormously, while others come with medical, family, marital, educational, or financial problems. There is yet another kind of depression that comes with pure loneliness. Different countries face this problem for different reasons. Countries like India face this problem because of its growing pressures for academic excellence, financial growth, political turmoils, religion and culture that dictate the societal infrastructure and famine.

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