We have entered a month for a terrible statistic, suicide rates are at their highest in April. You may not think that makes sense. After all, the winter is the gloomiest time. Less sunlight during winter months, inclement weather in much of the country, stress of holidays and family gatherings would seem to make winter a more depressing time. And it is. But the fact remains, suicide rates peak in April. So why is that?
The specific reasons why are not fully understood. Perhaps in winter, people tend to “hibernate”, and interact less socially. This may put less stress on someone who is severely depressed. Another thought is that people who are severely depressed lack the energy to carry out their suicidal thoughts and feelings. The coming of Spring might lighten up feelings a bit – not enough to change your thinking, but enough to give you the energy to implement your plans to end your life.
Feeling suicidal doesn’t mean someone is always thinking about ending their life. You may have a view of the world which is preoccupied with death. Some people may seem to go through drastic personality changes or engage in dangerous activities while not seeming to recognize or appreciate the risk. Others might dramatically change their routine, as if feeling trapped in a certain situation or life pattern. And some people might increase isolating from others, or perhaps give away possessions. It is important to recognize mood swings and increasing isolation may not be just an ordinary occurrence but rather a sign of something very serious.
If this is you, or someone you love, please recognize and acknowledge these feelings and thoughts. Share them with someone who can help. It is not a source of shame and embarrassment, but a problem that can and needs to be treated. People deal with things differently but seeking professional help is always a good plan to get the support you need to move forward. Even though everyone goes through life changes and stressors that can undermine our happiness and wellbeing, there is help if you’re having difficulty managing your depression. Some of the challenge may be psychological, like depressive thinking, which can benefit from counseling while some of the challenge may be biological or genetic, that requires treatment.
At Ketamine Wellness Centers, we are experts with both. Our comprehensive services offer both counseling and Ketamine infusions designed to help you get your life back on track, and combat those overwhelming suicidal thoughts and feelings. Ketamine, unlike traditional anti-depressant treatment, reduces suicidal thoughts and feelings quickly, and our counseling program provides you with tools to better manage your life moving forward. Call us now, and end this April madness!
Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.