Depression is a disease. It's caused by changes in
chemicals in the brain that are called neurotransmitters. Depression isn't a
character flaw, and it doesn't mean you are bad or weak. It doesn't mean you
are going crazy.
People who are very depressed can feel so bad that they
think about suicide. They may feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless. But most
people who think about suicide don't want to die. They may see suicide as a way
to solve a problem or end their pain.
They are both heavy burdens - weight problems and depression. And they often go hand in hand.
Some people gain weight when they're depressed. Others lose weight, to an unhealthy degree.
Which comes first? And how can you untangle the link between depression and weight -- especially if depression has sapped you of your energy to make changes? Here's what experts say you need to know.
Planning to or saying he or she wants to hurt or kill himself or
herself or someone else.
Talking, writing, reading, or drawing about death, including
writing suicide notes and speaking of items that can cause physical harm, such
as pills, guns, or knives, especially if this behavior is new.
Saying he or she has no hope, feels trapped, or sees no point in