Can you help someone whose depression keeps getting worse?
March 16, 2010 6:48 PM Subscribe
One of my best friends just tried to kill herself. She has clinical depression, but she got help for it a year or two ago and I thought it was under control. Was that a delusion? Can people suffer from depression that can never be treated or controlled?
posted by daelin to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My friend made a suicide attempt two or three years ago, in high school, and was diagnosed with clinical depression. I wasn't in the country so I don't know all the details, but she spent at least two months in a psych ward and was on medication and seeing a counsellor or therapist after she left.
She moved in with me to live on campus last September and she seemed fine, but over the past few months she stopped attending classes and just lay in bed watching shows or playing games; this might have been triggered by a rejection from someone she had a crush on, which she took really hard, or by a visit from her asshole father. I asked her if she was talking to her counsellor about things and she said yes, more or less.
Then last Sunday while I was away I found out from her sister that she had been off her meds for a while and that she had tried to commit suicide. She is in the temporary psych ward of the hospital now, and I am planning to go see her on Friday. But I don't know what to say or do.
She said in her suicide note that the depression keeps coming back worse and worse and she can't stand the pain anymore. Can't she be helped? I thought that getting counselling, getting medication, all that, would be enough for life to be bearable for her. I thought the psych ward wouldn't have let her out the first time unless they thought she would be okay. Am I wrong? Can people just get more and more depressed until they finally succeed at killing themselves? What can I do for her, if anything?