Discouragement, Depression, and Despair Are Often The Cause of Suicide

S. F. Mori

People are usually depressed if they take their own life

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If the world seems dark and dreary, sometimes discouragement, depression, and despair can enter one's life or have already entered. Those feelings need to be curbed for good mental and physical health.

There are many words which begin with the letter D which may be associated with death and dying. These words are often related to discouragement, depression, and despair which can cause people to lose hope and feel that their life has no value.

Discouragement -- a loss of confidence or enthusiasm, less hopeful, desperate, demoralized, disheartened.
Depression -- a state of feeling sad, low spirits, a mood disorder marked by varying degrees of sadness, despair, and loneliness that is typically accompanied by inactivity, guilt, loss of concentration, social withdrawal, sleep disturbances, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
Despair -- a complete loss or absence of hope, feeling pain, anguish, unhappiness, and desperation.
[Definitions from the Free dictionary]

Possibly millions of people are being treated by medical professionals for depression, which has become a major mental issue in the United States and perhaps throughout the world. There are remedies such as prescription medications which are able to help people suffering from depression. Taking their medications is important for the control of depression.

Depression is not just an issue for older people. Young adults and teenagers may also suffer with depression. High school students have many challenges which can cause depression even in this age group. Young children might also have it. Pressures of society can affect anyone and cause severe problems such as depression.

The signs are not always visible or evident although there may be clues that people are suffering and in danger of taking their own life. Although loved ones who are left behind after someone takes his own life may feel guilt at not seeing any warning signs, they may not have been able to help.

My friend Laura (not her real name) chose to end her own life. It was a real shock to everyone who knew her. Even her sisters and her boyfriend had no clue that she was suffering from such severe depression that she would choose to commit suicide. She had appeared on the surface to be doing well. She had a good job and was living what seemed to be a normal, happy life. She apparently was extremely unhappy underneath it all. She did not let on to her family and friends that she felt such discouragement, depression, and despair.
When we first met each other, Laura was working in Washington, D.C. She had a job in the office of a member of the U.S. Congress. When her boss lost his bid for reelection, Laura moved back to her home state where her family resided. By all accounts, life seems to be going well for her. Little did anyone ever suspect that she would choose to end her life.

Life is fragile, and everyone has problems. Sometimes it is too difficult for people to cope with the hand that they are dealt so they feel it would be better if they were no longer living on this earth. It is always sad and unfortunate when someone chooses to commit suicide. Those who are left must deal with pain and sorrow.

If anyone feels discouragement, depression, and despair to the point that life gets almost too difficult to bear, it is extremely important to get medical help. Mental illness is a serious problem, but there is help available. There are many local agencies which offer assistance to people feeling that they need to talk with someone.


The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available by calling 800-273-8255.

Everyone has problems, and some discouragement is normal at times. People do try to hide their problems and are reluctant to share them. Talking to someone can help before it gets to the desperate point of considering suicide. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength and hope.

Life is precious and should be enjoyed without discouragement, depression, despair, and an untimely death.

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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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