Importance of Stress Management in Overcoming Depression and Suicide
Saarikha Amsaraj
B1801201
HELP University
Stress Management in Overcoming Depression and Suicide
In today’s world stress has become very common and individuals are not aware of the
importance in managing their stress which eventually leads to health issues. Various research
has proven that stress management is important in overcoming health problems such as
depression and suicide. Depression is very common these days and, in the end, it leads to
suicide because many individuals are not giving much importance in managing stress
(Justine, personal communication, June 14, 2018). Understanding and knowing how to
manage your stress in today’s generation helps to prevent serious health issues. This research
sums up that stress management is important to overcome health problems such as
depression and suicide.

Scott (2018) says that stress means an individual’s body responding to the difference in
their life as life draw in change and stress can’t be evaded. Stress can be an everyday
challenge to most individuals. Managing stress can prevent an individual from health issues
such as depression and suicide. A good diet and getting enough amount of sleep are
two of the many ways on managing stress (Carter, Bishop & Kravits, 2014). Estimating your
habits of eating, knowing the impacts of obesity and targeting your weight guides to
increment of energy level in your body and a better quality of health. Carter et al., (2014)
indicates that an individual need to sleep 8 to 9 hours at night to function well and having less
amount of sleep increases stress level and increases the chances on getting illness.
One of the most common effects of stress is depression. After a hard situation has passed
and when the stress cannot be able to stop and restart, it can lead to depression defenceless
against the individual (Bruno, 2005). Research says that there are numerous causes are
why depression tend to happen. Carter et al., (2014) supports that by proving that one of the
many possible causes of depression are because of high-stress situations like financial
problems, personal loss, relationship stress.

Stress management ways are effective in coping up with depression. An individual can
avoid depression by managing their stress. For an instance, exercising, having a strong
relationship, by practicing yoga, avoiding the consumption of alcohol and always making
time for yourself. Bruno (2005) supports that by saying exercising produces chemical in
body which then can help to reduce stress, having a strong relationship prevents from
negative relationships which can be dangerous, practicing yoga can retrain your brain
circuits, drinking too much is known as mood suppressor and making time for yourself like
having breaks shown to be more beneficial in reducing stress.

Now, suicide has become a serious issue and should not be overlooked by the
society. The rate of suicide has been increasing yearly due to stress. Increased levels of stress
results to suicidal thoughts (Silverthorne, 2017). According to Holmes (2018), from 1990 to
2014 the suicide rate in the U. S has been increasing till 2006. Suicide has been ranked as 10th
leading cause of death among Americans for many years (Holmes, 2018). There are
numerous of causes that makes an individual commit suicide. Research has been done to
prove that stress is one of the leading causes of suicide. Traumatic stress is also one of the
reason why, an individual commit suicide. Traumatic experience such as abuse, rape,
childhood sexual or war trauma has higher chances for suicide even though the trauma has
happened many years ago (Schimelpfening, 2018).

Managing stress is efficient to overcome depression and to prevent suicide. Suicidal
thoughts have given an idea to individuals that suicide is the only solution to a temporary
problem that they are facing. Danny (2013) illustrated that consumption of Omega 3
manages stress level because it is beneficial for brains, heart to avoid cancer and helps an
individual to be fit Not only that, finding someone you can talk to about your problems like
friends and family or seeking help from a therapist may prevent an individual from
committing suicide (Thong, personal communication, June 14, 2018).

In a nutshell, stress management is important in overcoming health issues
such as depression and suicide. Stress indeed, cannot be avoided but there are many ways to
overcome stress. Depression and suicide are two of the common causes of stress. This
research paper has shown that there are many ways of managing stress to overcome
depression and suicide. On the other hand, the rate of depression and suicide among
individuals are incredibly high due to the less awareness on the importance of stress
management.

References
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Interview Questions
How common is depression?
How is depression diagnosed and how is it treated?
In your opinion, is stress management important to overcome health problems like depression and suicide? Why?
What are some good ways that you can suggest to someone who wants to get rid of stress?
How does an individual who has a suicidal thought get help?
How do you think society judges someone wo have suicidal thoughts?
Interviewee’s Profile
Thong Jian Ai (Justine) is a Master of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Psychology. Justine has worked with children, adolescents and adults with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, burnout, learning disabilities, relational issues, chronic pain management, psychosis, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Justine has also conducted workshops and trainings in children homes, shelters and refugee centres. Her previous training and clinical experiences include placements in both private (Mentem Psychological Services, ACTS Clinic and Center for Psychological and Counselling Service) and public settings (Hospital Kajang, Hospital Selayang).

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