What Are the Causes for Depression?

ABC News Medical Editor Dan Childs talks about depression and some ways to cope.
2:45 | 08/13/14

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Welcome back to remember Robin Williams so many of you asking on our FaceBook page how someone who made the whole world -- could be so -- himself for the two linked in some way. Reporter the warning signs of depression all of us should look out for ABC's medical unit managing editor -- -- is here with -- stand thank you so much for being here thank you so what does science say is there a link between being a comedian. And suffered from depression pulled -- to this point the research is still quite inconclusive somewhat preliminary but there is one study that suggests that. The rate of suicide amongst the acting and comedian profession is roughly twice that of the general population. Double the rate among comedians of suicide correct there was this one young comedian Kevin -- he talked about his depression in his own -- struggles with suicide and one thing that he said was that. Real depression is not being sad when something goes wrong. Real depression is being sad when everything's going right. And that's perhaps something that really sort of typifies what we've seen here with Robin Williams had Robin's death now making us all take a closer look at those warning signs -- -- some of the signs we should all be looking out for. They have basically break down into all elements of your of your person -- you can have physical manifestations. Are you feeling fatigued are you. Are you feeling kind of -- agitated. You can also have the mental effects are you feeling clouded indecisive. But especially the emotional -- the most important of these are you losing pleasure in things that would normally give you pleasure are you feeling hopeless are you feeling. Withdrawn. These are all this the signs that can point to something truly being wrong and signs that you need to seek help. And not just on a daily basis -- recurring these -- persistent issues right to look out for. Correct at any given time any of us can experience any one of these things. But if you find that it's a pattern something that keeps happening something that typifies your existence that's really the time to seek help. It -- you were telling us that there are two simple questions you can ask if there's someone who you're concerned about that you can ask them to see if he could be at risk for suicide -- one of these questions is have you been feeling down depressed withdrawn. The other one is. Have you been losing pleasure in those things that are supposed to bring you pleasure those two things can really indicate. That you're dealing with real depression and before we let you go understanding that so many people in the wake of Robin -- reaching out these government hotlines now what does this mean. Correct in fact we talked with one major government hotline from -- and 4300. People calling in the day after Robin Williams is -- so we definitely seen a spike in this in a way this could be a silver lining the idea that people who have been struggling with this for quite some time. Are finally seeking the help they need. -- -- great advice thank you so much are managing editor of our medical unit thank you we want everyone to know that help is out there. You can call the national suicide prevention line at 180273. Talk.

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