What is Suicide? What Causes Suicide?
Suicide is when you take your own life. When a person makes the heart breaking decision that there is no hope and that being dead is better than living life. If you are suicidal, please click here.
I have felt this feeling, on far too many occasions, and can understand why a person can feel that way. I had many reasons for feeling that way: physical pain, not having friends around, empty home life, no direction in life, no money and no fun in my life. The combination of nothing going right made it seem for me that there was no hope and that my life was only getting worse. In reality, my life was getting worse. I wish I would have known that it would turn around for me and life would bring things I could never thought were possible.
There are two types of people who try to commit suicide. The first is the person who is crying out for help and does not really intend on taking their life. They may stage a suicide attempt to communicate their internal pain to those close to them. It’s important to be there for the person, regardless if you think it was a real attempt or not. Sometimes just knowing one person cares can make all the difference.
The second type of person is the one whom really intends on taking their lives. They may not give any indications of suicide or reach out to anyone, they may act secretly and alone. It’s sad to hear stories of people committing suicide that showed no warning signs, people say, “He always seemed so happy and always had a smile on his face,” or “She seemed perfectly fine to me”.
So what causes suicide? Many factors in a person’s life can cause it. Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide. Being depressed is when everything in your life is a negative, no matter how good you do, it always seems to be not good enough. Depression is a self-reinforcing cycle, by that I mean that once you are depressed, it will attack every other aspect of your life until you have nothing positive in your life anymore. I am amazed at how much can change just by changing your brain chemistry. A normal person has healthy levels of serotonin and dopamine; two chemicals essential to happiness and well-being. When a person lacks either of these elements, it can make the world you live in seem like hell. No matter how much money, friends, fame, or seemingly happy a person’s life may seem, lacking this in your brain will cause depression.
I have seen this in my own life. I was extremely depressed and I thought my job, home, and life was terrible. What a difference adding some serotonin and dopamine to my life made!! All of a sudden, my world was better. I looked forward to mornings and I got back my will to live! I did this quickly with the use of anti-depressants. Anti-depressants were something that I found to be the kick start that I needed to start making real changes in my life. Without the jump start, I was unable to help myself get out of the hole I was in. I only needed them temporarily, until my brain became chemically balanced like a normal healthy person again.