I was torn about posting on such a dark topic. But I know this time of year we empaths are really pushed to the wall emotionally due to the millions of people who around us are depressed, anxious, and really sad. I'm starting to hear more and more words like "giving up" and "I can’t take it anymore". And sometimes empaths and non-empaths sink into a hole of depression that is really hard to get out of. Their reality is distorted and it feels to them like there is no way out. From time to time on this website I see people coming in posting for desperate help. And then there are some that come right out and admit to be thinking about suicide. In an effort to get the word out for prevention I wanted to post some things that I hope will start a useful discussion and ultimately save someone from ending their life. And at the very least I hope to help others understand the scientific and spiritual components that lead to a person having suicidal thoughts.
Science and medicine have taught us that people who are suicidal have depression so bad that the brain chemical GABA is almost non-existent. GABA’s role is to inhibit neuron activity. If you think about the gas pedal and brakes on a car, GABA is the brakes. GABA is underrepresented in the frontopolar brain cortex of people with major depressive disorder who commit suicide. The frontopolar cortex is involved in higher-order thinking, such as decision making. When GABA is very low or non-existent, depressed emotions take over and logic and sane thinking goes out the window. (Reference: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-origins-of-suicidal-brains). Empaths through our wiring and what we deal with on a daily basis can often be GABA deficient. And that contributes to depression and sometimes a downward spiral. The good news is that GABA can be supplemented to increase this brain chemical back to normal levels that can pull someone out of that dark hole. There are also very effective anti-depressive drugs that do a good job pulling a person back from the brink. If you or someone you know is having severe depression or suicidal thoughts, please take these steps:
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Seek medical attention and ask your doctor to treat you with a focus on raising GABA levels.
The above comments help explain the medical and scientific side of major depression and suicide and how to get help. But what is not widely known is what happens to a person spiritually when they are at the end of their rope wanting out of this world. I came across this very informative and interesting blog post from Erin Pavlina that I wanted to share that helps explain the spiritual side of a highly depressed suicidal person. This info. really made sense to me and helps us understand how one's weakened spiritual health can lead to a suicidal act.