When a Charleston, West Virginia area doctor didn’t show up to work last month, his coworkers were naturally concerned. Neighbors and friends went to his home to check on him and his wife and, upon arrival, found an unpleasant scene. It seemed that he and his wife had died from gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide. No one who knew the couple suspected any problems and certainly never believed that something like this could ever happen.
Suicide and Mental Illness
Suicide and mental illness do not discriminate and anyone from any ethnic background or socioeconomic level is susceptible. It is estimated that 90 percent of people who commit suicide have an untreated mental health disorder, with depression being quite common. Several types of depression are recognized by mental health care professionals. They include:
- Major depression. Symptoms of depression lasting for more than two weeks; these symptoms can last up to six months if not treated
- Atypical depression. Typified by feeling weighed down, being easily upset by rejection, sleeping and eating too much. One-third of depressed individuals experience this form of depression.
- Dysthymia. Long-lasting, mild depression that can last for years.
- Postpartum depression. Symptoms of major depression, occurring after a woman gives birth.
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Symptoms usually occur one week before menstruation and disappear after menstruation.
- Seasonal affective disorder. Occurring near the beginning of winter; it is believed to be caused by decreased sunlight.
Get Help Now
If someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, the best way to be of service is to connect them with mental health treatment services that will help them heal. Contact us today and speak to an admissions coordinator who can help you determine which treatment services will be the most effective for your Charleston loved one.