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ACEs – Household member depressed…

ACEs Question #9

Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?

To be clear, this is the definition of depression that I am referring to: b (1) :  a state of feeling sad :  dejection anger, anxiety, and depression (2) :  a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies bouts of depression suffering from clinical depression

Unforgettable Memory

I was in the back seat of the car.  My first stepfather and mother were arguing.  It was pouring rain.  We were on the freeway.  I was young, perhaps pre-school age.

Mother opened the door and jumped.

Cars swerved.  A doctor was on his way to the hospital.  He stopped and put her in his car and rushed her there himself.

Perhaps the rain slowed the drivers…I honestly don’t know.

She spent a few days in the psych ward.

She survived…

That was only the first of three attempts I am aware of.

The answer to question #9 is YES.

Depression. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2017, from

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