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Signs & Symptoms of Suicidal Depression: Lessons from “A Million Little Things”

Depression is often difficult to see until the affected person seeks help.

When it comes to ABC’s hit show “A Million Little Things,” a friend commits suicide and leaves a wake of confusion behind. The show has brought attention to the nature of suicidal depression.

Those who are affected by suicidal depression often present a pattern of not revealing their illness. Each day, they contemplate the moment of suicide as a deliberate and well-thought act. While the event shocks friends and family, the idea has been present all along. The help for depression could have come much sooner.

The show unravels reasons why the character, Jon, committed suicide and the plans he put in place for after his death.

How Does Friendship Influence Depression?

“Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things.”

While it appears that Jon had everything he wanted in life, many cracks start to show. Flashing back to the time before his death, it’s apparent Jon had hidden traumas and a deteriorated sense of community, two factors for building stress resilience.

Just as depression isn’t one thing, friendship is not one thing. The relationships formed are complicated and not easily understood as leading to Jon’s depression and suicide, but all characters seem to be in a crisis with attempts to hide it from one another.

Adult friendships often have boundaries from discussing what’s happening underneath. That is why it’s important to find someone to talk to through depression. “A Million Little Things” displays how friends who once connected over a deep moment of understanding can drift apart and no longer share what is most important in life.

Jon is connected to many happy memories with his friends, but the question still remains: Why would he commit suicide?

Signs of Suicidal Depression

The responsibility to get better always lies on the person needing to get better, but when it comes to depression, friends and family are essential to seeing the signs and pushing the loved one to seek help.

Recognizing depression is the first step. Amen Clinics has identified seven total types of anxiety and depression while the following are symptoms of “pure depression”:

● Persistent sad or negative mood
● Loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities
● Restlessness, irritability or excessive crying
● Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness or pessimism
● Sleeping too much or too little, or early morning awakening
● Decreased appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
● Decreased energy, fatigue or feeling “slowed down”
● Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
● Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
● Persistent physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive problems or chronic pain
● Chronic low self-esteem
● Persistent feeling of being dissatisfied or bored
● Increased automatic negative thoughts

Friends might notice a sudden calmness influence the depressed loved one, which may indicate a decision to end his or her life. This may be followed by personality changes, such as partaking in reckless behavior or not taking care of one’s hygiene. They may also feel the need to get their life in order for others to inherit their belongings, such as making sudden business decisions.

If the loved one has gone through a recent traumatic event, they may be overwhelmed with stress and have run out of ways to cope. Everyone has what is referred to as “brain reserve,” which is your brain’s extra function and tissue left to deal with harmful life events. When we run out of brain reserve, we begin to experience mental decline.

Those affected by depression must be pushed towards a diagnosis in order to get the help they deserve. Depression comes in many forms and treatment varies, requiring expert care.

Treatment for Suicidal Depression

At Amen Clinics, we are dedicated to offering attentive support with proven treatments for patients suffering from suicidal depression.

Depression is not diagnosed as one thing and has many causes. Treatment must be carefully given to address the root cause of the problem. Our approach is not “one size fits all” as we conduct a complete health assessment of each patient’s biological, psychological, social and spiritual influences.

Unlike most psychiatrists who treat depression, we conduct neuropsychological tests and perform brain SPECT scans to identify any abnormalities in the brain before diagnosis. We also order lab tests to rule out deficiencies, hormone imbalances and toxic exposure.

Make an appointment by calling 866-299-6202 today or schedule a visit online. Review the Amen Clinics locations to find the nearest clinic to your home.

We have eight locations across the country in cities including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. We also have locations in Orange County, CA, in Walnut Creek, CA, and in Bellevue, WA.

For more on Dr. Amen’s approach on depression and anxiety, watch the video below with an intimate chat between Dr. Amen and his wife, Tana Amen.

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  1. Kimberly Allen says:

    I’ve been suffering for almost FORTY years with MA/CFS, severe depression, severe anxiety, BipolR, PTSD, among other things. I have suffered my entire adult life. I’ve seen tons of doctors, taken tons of meds, tried tons of diets, had ECTs, TMS, Ketamine infusions, etc. NOTHING HAS EVER HELPed much except for anti-anxiety meds. I’m pretty sure I have ADD. I have Mild Congitive Impairment. TBI (several concussions and unconsciousness. Probably forgetting stuff.

  2. Angela L. Carney says:

    Can you tell me if you accept insurance? I am looking for help for my son who has suicidal depression & substance abuse. Thank you.

  3. Anne morrison says:

    That’s nice and all but you don’t accept insurance and expect people to pay out of pocket. It’s only for the rich.

  4. Lynn Vandenberg says:

    Could not access the last section with the photo of the vet and hope re suicidal depression. My sister-in-law is in that state-long story- trying to encourage my brother to go to one of your clinics.

  5. Amanda Stokell says:

    Some people will self harm and threaten suicide, make mild attempts but are not attention seeking. They can go on to succeeding in suicide.

  6. Susan says:

    You really should talk more about the physical side of depression and it’s root to gut health. I was suicidal for years because doctors couldn’t figure out I had intestinal impermability and food was causing depression . Sugar gluten additives to food . I’m lucky I survived. When we stop looking at the brain as seperate from our body we all win

  7. Ellen-Sue Diamant says:

    I didn’t see the show as focusing on suicide as much as on how life is…..and that some of us just give in to the ‘need’ to end it all as life can be so overwhelming so often……..

  8. Ellen-Sue Diamant says:

    I also appreciate the show because it delves below the everyday surface of life in dealing with real emotions- emotions/perceptions that aren’t necessarily as they appear.

  9. PJ says:

    If someone you are close too and love committed suicide, can you have ptsd from it?

  10. Sue Pate says:

    Please tell me your location in Chicago, Illinois.
    I have family there and it may be the best location for me.


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