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Suicide and Depression

March 23, 2008 By: John Category: Attitude, Suicide and depression 2 Comments →

Do you ever feel like you want to have a glass of wine, slowly slice your wrists & watch your life leave you? This was a question asked on Yahoo!7 Answers about a month ago.

When I saw this question as I was flitting through questions asked via Yahoo!7 Answers my first reaction was to leave it completely alone. I was concerned that I may not provide an appropriate answer and could contribute to somebody, or several people, choosing to end their misery by suiciding. Then I thought of the many inappropriate answers that are given in this forum from time to time and I felt compelled to give the matter my best shot.

I am now very glad that I chose this course of action as I truly believe, from the asker’s response, that I may have prevented this person, and others, from making a real mistake.

The question was posed by a young woman or late teenager and my thoughts went back to a time when one of my children’s friends took her own life and left her parents and sisters heartbroken.

This was my answer that was voted “Best Answer” with 5 out of 5 points and a comment by the asker, “Thank you so much for the information.”

“A lot of people have had the thoughts that you are espousing. Many have proceeded to do just that, or similar. Some have succeeded and others, luckily, have failed or chosen not to proceed and have been very grateful that they are still alive.

Remember too that things often appear worse than they really are.

I sadly miss one young girl, the daughter of one of our neighbors and friend of our children, who took a similar course of action because she thought that life was not worth living. Such a waste, especially as she really had a lot to contribute to society with the skills that she had but did not appreciate!

She had fallen out of love with herself because of some negative, and incorrect thinking. Then she became depressed and withdrawn.

I wish that I could have helped her those many years ago. If I had known then what I know now I would have directed her to some books that could have helped her to get her thinking back on track.

I am a great believer that depression and similar afflictions such as anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder are caused by the way we think, and therefore they can be treated by controlling the way that we think.

James Allen, in the early 1900s, wrote several books about self improvement. Amongst them was his classic book entitled “As a Man Thinketh.” Here is an extract that demonstrates that he believed we can, and should, control our character, circumstances, and destiny by controlling our thoughts.

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth…

Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits, which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in shaping his character, circumstances, and destiny.”

This is just a snippet of the many words of wisdom found in this masterpiece that has formed the basis of many modern self improvement teachings. You can learn more and get your own free copy of, “As a Man Thinketh” via the link below..

We cannot stop various thoughts from continually entering our heads, but we can decide which thoughts we choose to allow to remain there, and those that we wish to weed out. Some speakers I have heard have used the analogy that we may not be able to stop birds from flying over our head, but we can stop them from building a nest on our head.

If you want to change your life for the better, consider changing your thinking!

While you are at check out the Recommended Resources box for more useful material and especially the “Total Success Library” package that provided me with significant assistance to beat my depression and better myself in many ways to enable me to progress with life.

I hope that you and other readers heed this advice from an old man and that you will be around many years from now sipping on red wine and contemplating how well your life is after getting your free copy of “As a Man Thinketh” and implementing its teachings.

When you do, remember to make a toast to me, preferably with a glass of South Australian red.

All the best for a long and happy future!”

Suicide and depression often go hand in hand because sufferers of depression sometimes get so overwhelmed with some of the challenges that life puts up, or they fall out of love with themselves for a number of reasons that they believe, at the time, are insurmountable. If only they knew that many others have faced similar challenges and have managed to turn things around and eventually lead a happy, pleasant and fulfilling life by weeding out negative thoughts from their thinking and learning how to find happiness.

In fact, have you ever known of a happy person who has taken their own life? Happiness is at the opposite end of the scale to depression. That is why I promote the e-book, “How To Find Happiness.” You can learn to become happy if you change your thinking and set your mind to it. I did!

A great place to start is by learning to be grateful for all of the good things that already exist in your life. Once you start to focus on, and be grateful for the good things in your life, however small or insignificant, you will be amazed at how fortunate you really are.