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Depression, Suicidal Thoughts Affect Some Caregivers

Posted Aug 07 2010 12:00am

I recently received a phone call from a man who regularly reads my newspaper column. He was desperate for help because he felt guilty about the need to get his wife into a memory unit of some type. He talked for nearly an hour and then said to me, "Sometimes I just want to die."

Talk about a red flag! People can feel life is not worth living for any number of reasons. Sometimes, when we are clinically depressed, it's not for any particular reason, rather it's a chemical imbalance that affects our ability to feel joy. But often, something going on in a person's life is the trigger for their clinical depression.

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