For people who experience the most severe symptoms of major depression and are at high risk of suicide, a treatment with an immediate effect could make all the difference, at least in the short-term. But, traditional antidepressants tend to take a long time to kick in. Is there a more efficient treatment on the horizon?
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention note that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and a disheartening 44,965 people die as a result of suicide every year.
They also add that there are 123 suicides per day, on average. And, a study published last year warns that recorded cases of depression are on the rise in the U.S.