Local Psychiatrist Explains Signs and Symptoms of Depression

June 12, 2018, 2:20 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — The recent and shocking suicides of fashion maven Kate Spade and world-renowned chef and best-seller Anthony Bourdain, within just days of each other, have brought a renewed focus to depression, mental illness and suicide.

Depression is one of the most common causes of suicide. And, as we learned last week, two people who appeared to be at the top of their career, also suffered from depression long before taking their own lives.

According to the Center for Disease Control, more Americans are taking their own lives.

“We found that more than half of suicides occurred in people without a previous mental health diagnosis,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat with the CDC. “It is a major health problem but we know that prevention programs work and can be effective in reducing this tragedy.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people. However, there has been an increase in middle-aged suicide victims.

In Kate Spade’s case, her family was reportedly aware she suffered from mental illness and depression, but she never sought treatment for fear of damaging her brand. As for Anthony Bourdain, he did seek help briefly but didn’t follow doctor’s orders.

Dr. Lee Lewis with MUSC’s Institute of Psychiatry stopped by FOX 24 to help us understand the correlation between depression and suicide and what those prevention programs are.