Factors of depression in university students that may lead to suicide 1.
Family problems, death, and genetics
Individuals who suffer from child abuse or neglect by their parents have a higher risk for depression. (Widom, DuMont, & Czaja, 2007) Individuals who were abused may choose suicide to end the pain they were going through. Individuals who were neglected by their parents may feel unappreciated and unloved, leading them to think that their existence mean little to their parents. They think their parents would not care if they were no longer around and thus decides to commit suicide. Holtslander and McMillan (2011) found that depression can be caused by loss of a family member. (as cited in Sørensen, Danbolt, Holmen, Koenig, & Lien, 2012) When students lose a loved one such as parents, siblings, or grandparents, they may feel a sudden loss of direction. The student may feel sad and lonely because they have lost a precious confidant, motivator, or company and decide to end their own lives as it is not worth living anymore. Laje, Paddock, Manji, Rush, Wilson, Charney, & McMahon (2007) found that most depressed patients undertaking the anti-depressant medication Citalopram treatment have similar genes. This implies that depression can be inherited from the previous generation and that people whose family members have past records of depression have a higher risk of suffering depression in the future. 2. Financial problems
Attending university is not an easy feat – it requires a lot of money. Students who are unable to afford tuition fees are forced to take up multiple part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. Astin (1998) reported that more and more university freshmen are reported to be concerned about their financial capabilities, besides being interested in taking up part-time jobs to pay for their daily expenses. (as cited in Tuttle, with McKinney & Rago, 2005) Students who are unable to balance working and studying may fall into...
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