A History of Depression

Police say the couple had no history of domestic violence. They were known as a good couple and hard workers. Teresa Suchon, 53, used to own a flower shop and had a talent with flower arrangment. She continued to work at the shop even after she sold it.

Neighbors say that Antoni Suchon, 54, was a workaholic and loved his wife. And  she worried about him. He suffered from depression, and reportedly was off his medication recently. Teresa Suchon had mentioned to friends that Antoni was worse lately, that he wasn’t eating, hadn’t left the house in two weeks and was threatening suicide.

Reportedly the couple came to the US from Poland 20 years ago and had no children or relatives in the US. But the couple often invited their friends for parties.

Monday evening Antoni Suchon contacted police and told them that he had killed his wife. Police responding to the home, found Antoni Suchon waiting for them. He led them to Teresa Suchon lying on the bedroom floor with a hammer beside her.

Autopsy reports say that she was killed by blunt force trauma and that she had been struck at least 6 times. Police say that Suchon has given a videotaped confession, and that he has admitted to murdering his wife. They say he has been very calm and very quiet, but that he has not given a motive nor has he offered any remorse.

Antoni Suchon has been charged with 1 st degree murder.

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When most people think of depression, they think of a lot of tears, verbal and non-verbal expressions of psychic pain. With some people that may happen. But frequently with deeply depressed people often despondency may be a better description. With a deep depression and other psychiatric disorders, one thing that is often misunderstood is the lack of emotion in the facial expressions which are often thought of as flat, emotionless and expressionless. The reactions to events surrounding the person- even events involving the person, may be muted, disinterested, or even absent.

For instance with a depressed person, if something funny should happen they may smile. But if you examine the person’s face- somehow the smile just doesn’t quite get it. They may smile because they know they are supposed to, not because they really experience the humor. This type of reaction is common throughout the range of emotions.

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5 Comments

  1. keb said,

    October 11, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    When I was working with psychiatric clients, there was a certain woman I interviewed for an account of her personal history. I asked a series of questions in a calm, quiet voice, often waiting quite awhile for her responses. She gave brief, often monosyllabic answers, and showed no expression whatsoever. Expressionless voice, expressionless face. Her diagnosis was bipolar depression… A few months later, she was in a manic phase, and shrieked about “That Bitch! She was IN MY FACE!!” and so on, telling a third person about how I interviewed her.
    At the time, she showed not a trace of irritation or any other reaction. Just flat. Apparently there was a lot of reacting going on inside.

  2. October 11, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    Exactly, that is what I meant. It happens in depression and I think sometimes in schizophrenia. Isn’t that called flat effect when they do that?

  3. keb said,

    October 12, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    The phrase is flat affect, with the accent on the first syllable AFfect (like in the word ACcent). The affect is the manifestation of internal state, and is generally described in terms of level, like flat affect, depressed (meaning subdued) affect, heightened affect … like my friend in her manic phase, described above.

  4. October 13, 2006 at 12:32 am

    Thank you Keb. I had forgotten the exact term.

  5. waldo said,

    October 15, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Hmmm….boy can I relate to the flat! It is like going numb. You see everything happening around you like it is a movie. Of course you wish that it was a movie at the same time. In my case, my manic depressant husband was acting like he was calm right after he took a bottle of pills in front of my then 8 year old daughter. Sure, he comes home shouting that he took the day off work to kill himself. Just like a light switch, I was turned off and the slow motion movie turned on. 1 year and 10 months and a half later, I still miss the man I married, but know he is gone and I prefer having my light switch in the on position.


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