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Maybe I don't understand depression

The 20 year old son of friends of my sister killed himself a few days ago. It was horrific. He had been missing for 24 hours. The mother, on a gut feeling, checked his room one more time to see if there were any clues as to his whereabouts. She got a funny feeling and opened the closet door. There he was, hanging. He was a handsome, friendly, charming, athletic young man who had lots of friends. But apparently he had been struggling with depression for most of his teenage years. He was on medication. He had been severely depressed the last few months. At a recent family wedding my niece said that he just sat by himself apart from everyone with his head down. He seems to have been drinking a lot lately as well. His family is devasted. My sister rushed over to care for them for a few days and said she could hardly bear to see their grief. Screaming and sobbing and total despair. I can only assume he was so severely depressed that he couldn't think through what killing himself would do to his family. Is that how it works? You can only think about and feel your own pain? Nothing else matters? I have to say that suicide is the most selfish and cruel thing a person can do. They end their own pain but they completely destroy those they leave behind.


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