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Adult Male Depression

Missing Adult male with Depression

Statistics taken directly from Grampian Stats report 2007.

Summary of likely places found to being found and distance from last being seen. Followed by characteristics and further information on Depression.

Depressed males on foot - where are they likely to be found?

 

Depressed people often simply desire time alone, many are found walking in the street, with the majority being located in a rural environment. The second most likely place is walking in city centres. Approximately 35% will return home of their own accord, 80% travelling no further than 9 km from their home address. Some go to friends addresses, some leave places of care / mental hospitals and go to their home address. Others go to relatives’ addresses. It should be born in mind that some of these people will be contemplating suicide, it is therefore important to consider local woods (hanging), and local areas of water (drowning). The places they go to will usually be familiar to them and often have some significant meaning to them. (See section on Suicide).

 

On foot - Distance from last seen to being found. Cumulative percentage of cases.

40%         1.50 km

50%         2.20 km

60%         3.10 km

70%         4.30 km

80%         8.10 km

90%         17.00 km

95%         35.00 km

99%         70.00 km

Note:

It should be noted that it is strongly suspected transport was used in the final 10% of these cases. Where longer distances are involved, people were going to specific locations such as relatives addresses, or to get back to their home address

 

Depressed males on public transport – where are they likely to be found?

 

Many people using public transport do so to travel to another town or city, there is usually a strong reason for choosing to go to a particular location. This is usually somewhere the person has relatives, or a place of major significance, such as the place they were brought up, or spent a significant period of time as a resident. These people can often be found simply wandering round the central streets of their chosen town/city.

 

Using Public Transport - Distance from last seen to being found. Cumulative percentage of cases.

40%         38.00 km

50%         47.00 km

60%         86.00 km

70%         135.00 km

80%         209.00 km

90%         390.00 km

95%         550.00 km

99%         660.00 km

Note:

It would be unusual for someone contemplating suicide to make use of public transport. 60% of these people tend to be located within 20 hours & 80% within 42 hours

 

Depressed males using a motor vehicle – where are they likely to be found?

Many of these people will return home of their own accord, (approx. 34%). A large number just want to escape for a while, and can be found at rural beauty spots, or quiet secluded areas of the countryside. These areas are often just on the outskirts of cities or built up areas. A significant number go to relatives addresses, however males do not appear to go to friends addresses. The vehicle is always easier to find than the person, and in the vast majority of cases, the missing person will be with their vehicle. 

It should be borne in mind that some of these people will be contemplating suicide, it is therefore important to consider local woods (hanging), and local areas of water (drowning). The places they go to will usually be familiar to them and generally have some significant meaning to them. (See section on Suicide). 

60% of these people tend to be located within 17 hours & 80% within 38 hours. 

 

Using Motor Vehicle - Distance from last seen to being found. Cumulative percentage of cases.

40%         14.00 km

50%         24.00 km

60%         32.00 km

70%         48.00 km

80%         83.00 km

90%         168.00 km

95%         269.00 km

99%         560.00 km

 

What is depression?

Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental health problem. People often use phrases like “I’m depressed” to describe a temporary low mood, or how they are feeling about a particular situation in their life. In most cases, these low spirits lift of their own accord after a short period of time. However, if these feelings of unhappiness worsen and begin to interfere with how someone lives their everyday life, then it is possible that they may be developing major or clinical depression. The word “clinical” simply means that the condition is severe enough to need some form of treatment.

Often people experiencing depression feel hopeless about the future and unable to see any positives in life. They may feel apathetic and unable to participate in activities they used to enjoy.

 

At its worst, depression can lead to such feelings of helplessness and lack of worth that people may give up the will to live, or begin to consider suicide. However, someone suffering depression, is not automatically at risk of taking their own life.

 

How common is depression?

Depression can affect anyone at any time. Depression can occur in people from all backgrounds, any occupation, and at any time of life. Depression is diagnosed twice as often in women as in men, however this may be because men are more reluctant to discuss these sorts of issues with doctors. Current missing person research indicates that far more depressed men are being reported missing to the police than women. Medical research suggests that one person in six will become depressed at some point in their lives, and, at any one time, one in twenty adults will be experiencing depression.

 

What causes depression?

There is no one cause of depression. It varies from person to person. Broadly speaking there are three main triggers for developing depression. Social factors such as losing your job, isolation, divorce or bereavement can all trigger depression in peoples lives. For others, the trigger may be  psychological factors such as chronic anxiety, childhood rejection or family background. A third trigger for depression may be physical factors such as infectious diseases like influenza or glandular 

fever; having a long-term physical health problem like multiple sclerosis; or as a side-effect of medical treatments like chemotherapy. It is also thought that some people may have a genetic predisposition towards depression.

 

Bipolar Depression

A person will experience repeated, (i.e. at least two), occasions when their mood and activity level are significantly disturbed, usually by increased energy and activity and an elated mood (mania or hypomania). Then at other times, by decreased energy and activity (depression) and a lowering of mood. Manic episodes usually begin suddenly and last anything from 2 weeks to 4-5 months, whereas depressions usually last about 6 months, and rarely for more than a year, except in the elderly. 

The first episode can occur at any age.

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