Clinical depression is different from other mood disorders
because it's so dangerous. People die from clinical
depression - they commit suicide. The loss of command and
control, and the twisted thinking and distorted emotions are so
severe that some people actually want to die. They are
strapped into the electric chair of depression, and they want to
turn on the current in order to finally escape from the
depressing thoughts torturing them.
Treating clinical depression is a job for professionals.
Amateurs shouldn't attempt to treat clinical depression with
self-help books or positive thinking. Clinical depression
is an illness that can result in suicide and other types of
self-destructive behavior. It requires therapy by a
physician specialized in its treatment. Powerful
medications are available that can break the vicious cycle of
destructive thoughts accompanying clinical depression.
People who are clinically depressed
experience the same loss of command and control, and the same
twisted thoughts and distorted emotions found in other mood
disorders, but their severity is exponentially greater. In
addition, patients with clinical depression can be difficult to
treat, and there are pitfalls associated with their treatment.
In particular, patients sometimes put on their bravest face just
before they commit suicide. They appear to be improving,
but what has really happened is they have finally made up their
mind to commit suicide, and their apparent improvement simply
means they know that in a few hours or days their pain will be
over, because they will be dead.
Medications are a two-edged sword.
Certain antidepressants are associated with suicidal ideation in
some young patients. Suddenly stopping antidepressant
therapy may also increase the risk of suicide in severely
If you are clinically depressed and have
thoughts about ending your life, you need urgent professional
help. It's ok to read self-help books, and literature on
cognitive therapy, but they are not enough. You need an
experienced professional who can guide you out of the Land of
Depression so you can start enjoying your life again.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello
David J Abbott M.D.
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