In the most extreme of cases, the low moods and negative thoughts that are associated with depression can lead a depressed individual to consider or even commit suicide. While people in these situations believe taking their lives will end their pain, suffering is actually continued in the sadness and pain of the friends and family who loved them. It is important to know that feeling better is possible and reaching out for help or talking with someone about suicidal thoughts is the best plan of action.
A few days ago, I posted some thoughts on the suicide of Robin Williams. I did not speculate on any “what ifs.” Instead, I reflected on the intense psychic distress he had to have felt in those final hours. A pain so strong and deep that the unthinkable presented itself as the rational choice. Many of us know exactly what that is like. The…