In 2016, 16.2 million adults in the United States suffered from at least one major depressive episode. Of those, 10.3 million adults reported a severe level of impairment that went along with their depression. 44% of Americans who have experienced a major depressive episode treated the condition with medication and counseling. Only 6% treated the condition with medication alone. Unfortunately, even those seeking treatment for their depression can still find themselves considering the unthinkable. WSB Radio reports on a case where a man who was suffering from depression drove into an accident.
10 weeks before the accident, Roger Self asked his son to remove his guns from his home as a precaution. In the weeks following that request, Self was being treated for depression and anxiety that seemed to get progressively worse in the weeks since. Over the weekend of the accident, Self became increasingly unstable, leading up to the accident that occurred on May 20th.
According to family members, they had arranged for the family lunch after church at the restaurant. When Self got up and left the table, family members figured that his anxiety was bothering him. Then, they saw his vehicle circle the parking lot.
The next thing that occurred sent family members and other patrons scrambling: Self drove through the window where his family was seated.
Killed in the accident were Self’s daughter, Katelyn Self, and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Self. Critically injured were son Josh Self and wife Diane Self.
Self was immediately arrested after the accident and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.
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