After the initial shock, we have somehow gotten used to the news of celebrities taking their own lives by way of suicide and drug overdose. Some of them are lucky enough to survive but others have succumbed to their attempts to end their life…and their suffering. It only goes to show that fame and fortune are not enough to make a person happy and contented.
Most people who commit suicide or drug overdose may be suffering from depression. Depression is a condition that leads people to focus on their failures and disappointments in order to understate their own capabilities or self-worth. Evidences such as suicide notes and family statements of intentional ingestion of extra pills usually make the diagnosis of antidepressant overdose quite obvious.
Depression is like a dark cloud that veils a person’s mind, thus, affecting the way a person thinks and feels about the situation he or she is in. It distorts the thinking process. This is the reason why people who feel suicidal may not even realize that they are depressed. They do not recognize that it is the depression, and not the situation that influences them to see things negatively.
Everyone feels overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations at some point in their lives. While most people can pull through their problems with determination and hope, some would simply resort to suicide or antidepressant overdose.
When people try to end their lives or attempt suicide, it’s to escape feelings of rejection, hurt, or loss. It could also be about anger, shame, and guilt that forced them to believe that life is not getting any better for them. Still others might feel being worthless and a burden that dying seemed to be the only way out.
Aside from celebrities, so-called ordinary people with alcohol and drug problems are at high risk for suicidal thinking and behavior due to the substances that cause depressive effects on their brain. Celebrities are prone to substance abuse because of their environment and lifestyle. Abuse of these substances can definitely bring on serious depression. But as the records show, even average individuals who do not have fame and fortune are as prone to depression as movie stars, rock icons, and other famous people.
The problem is, when people are depressed (and sometimes they are not aware of it), they turn to alcohol to drown out their problems or get hooked on drugs to have an escape without realizing that the depressive effects of alcohol and drugs have on the brain will only intensify their depression even more.
Alcohol and drugs can also alter a person’s rational judgment by interfering with their ability to assess risk, make good choices, and come up with solutions to problems. That is why most suicides happen when people are under the influence of alcohol and drugs, or when they get an antidepressant overdose.
Some people plan and orchestrate a suicide in advance. They even write letters or notes to say their last words. However, there are many cases when suicide attempts happen impulsively without notice. Situations such as a breakup, a big fight with a parent, an unintended pregnancy, or being sexually victimized or abused can make someone feel desperately upset. Such eventuality, on top of an existing depression, could serve as the final straw.
Some people who attempt suicide really want to die. But some who attempt to take their own lives only use this as a means to express their anger, frustration, and loneliness. It can even be considered a desperate call for help. A suicide attempt is just a way to attract attention; a cry for help; a way to express deep emotional pain. They can’t say how they feel, so, for them, attempting suicide feels like the only way to get their message across. Unfortunately, many people who really didn’t mean to kill themselves end up dead or severely damaged by antidepressant overdose.
Consulting professional counselors and therapists for advice can help provide depressed individuals the emotional support they need. Through therapy sessions, suicidal individuals can get help in developing coping skills. Joining a support group with people who are going through the same problems can help provide a caring environment where one can talk freely about problems with people who share the same concerns.