By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service.
I know most everybody thinks that the winter holidays are the most depressing time of year, but that isn’t true. More suicides happen from the end of July through the month of August than at any other time, and we don’t know why.
My thinking is that people always hold out hope for the holidays. They want them to be good, so they make the effort to lift themselves out of their depression for those few weeks. Acting this way can be a powerful healing tool and also a great holiday gift for those who have been supporting you through your pain. However, whereas some can use this positive energy as a springboard for greater emotional balance, most do not.
The depression usually returns before the tree even comes down. At that point, you must find the help you need so you can enjoy the rest of your life, not just one more holiday.
Summertime brings its own set of problems. For some, it’s simply the heat and humidity, but the problems go much deeper for others. For those who live alone or who are homebound, it can feel depressing to hear about friends or family members having parties, taking vacations, and just basically doing summertime.
For whatever reason, the warmer and longer days give us more time to think, and if you are depressed, that means you are ruminating about what you perceive is wrong with your life. If you do that for too long, you can lose the point of being alive. It can be easy to slip into thinking that taking your own life is a simple way out of your pain. But it’s not. Most people in this situation forget to think about those who love them or realize just how much damage taking their own life will inflict.