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Suicide Awareness

Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety and depressionDepression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living. 

More than just about the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it. Depression may require long-term treatment.    

Depression and anxiety are real and the percentage of people affected is rising daily.  

The psychological symptoms of depression include: 

The psychological symptoms for anxiety include: 

Symptoms of both conditions usually improve with psychological counseling (psychotherapy), medications, such as antidepressants, or both. Lifestyle changes, such as improving sleep habits, increasing social support, using stress-reduction techniques, or getting regular exercise, also may help. If you have either condition, avoid alcohol, smoking, and recreational drugs. They can make both conditions worse and interfere with treatment.   

Unfortunately, depression and anxiety can lead to thoughts of suicide.  

Individual Impact: 

While nearly half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms. 

Community Impact: 

Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group: 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. 

Our goal is to ensure that individuals, friends, and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help. 

The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide because just one conversation can change a life.

If you or a loved one suffer from anxiety or depression please contact Forward Care Family Practice today at 602-718-1962 for treatment or schedule an appointment by visiting our website www.fwdcare.comWe are here to help  

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