“Do you think that if a person (not anyone I would know) is consumed by thoughts of dying and trying to calculate how many days would pass before anyone notices… do you think that’s a sign of depression?” I asked my therapist.
She said if the person who is thinking such thoughts is not dead, then it might be a sign of depression. If that person is dead, then such thoughts definitely are not depression.
And then I asked, “Is it possible that the person who is not dead might die as a consequence of those kinds of thoughts?”
“In rare instances,” she said. “Most of the time it’s considered coincidental.”