Man reportedly suffering from depression imprisoned for beheading mother on Mother’s Day

While the world was busy celebrating the beautiful bond between mother and child on Mother’s Day, tragedy unfolded in a rural Oregon town where a son killed his mother and then went on to stab a store clerk, according to news reports.

Joshua Lee Webb, 36, beheaded his mother at their home and then carried the decapitated head to a grocery store in a nearby town, where he stabbed the checkout clerk before being tackled to the floor by other employees.

After Joshua was taken into custody and hospitalized. He was booked into Clackamas County Jail for murder and attempted murder. Sandy Police Chief Ernie Roberts reported, “He didn’t say anything after he was subdued. He was in like a catatonic state, wasn’t speaking to anybody.”

Joshua’s father, David Webb, told the officers that Joshua had vision problems and received Social Security payments. He used to live with his parents so that they could offer him the required care and attention.

David mentioned that Joshua’s mother Tina Maria Webb, 59, believed that her son was suffering from depression. But David himself never found any indication of the illness in Joshua. However, it is now believed that had Joshua been diagnosed and treated for his depression at the right time, his mother would not have met with this cruel fate.

Treatment helps

Ignoring the symptoms of depression and taking it for granted can lead to devastating results. The symptoms can aggravate to such an extent that they can prove to be disastrous not only for the patient but the loved ones as well.

The gruesome incident of Joshua killing his own mother in such a brutal way is one of the latest incidents that exemplifies the repercussions of ignoring the symptoms of depression. It is important that a mental health disorder like depression is diagnosed at the right time so that the most suitable treatment and help can be offered immediately to the affected person.

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a type of mood disorder that makes one feel sad, low and irritated. It severely impacts the way an individual thinks, feels or handles his/her daily tasks, appetite, sleeping pattern and concentration. A person suffering from severe depression can develop suicidal tendencies.

Apart from these mental symptoms, physical symptoms like unexplained body aches, dizziness and digestive problems are also seen in people suffering from depression. Depression or any other mental illness can lead to substance abuse, which may graduate to addiction escalating the mental health condition.

Seeking help

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 16.1 million American adults aged 18 or older or roughly 6.7 percent of the U.S. population had at least one major depressive episode in 2014.

Treatment for depression can be offered in multiple ways. From medications, therapies, counseling sessions, exercise to alternative therapies like music, yoga and equine-assisted therapy, an effective treatment plan depends on the type and severity of depression that affects the person. An accurate diagnosis of the type of depression and a personalized treatment program can help a person achieve a speedy recovery.

If there’s someone you know who is dealing with some form of mental illness or addiction and is looking to connect with a mental health rehabilitation specialist, 24/7 Mental Health Helpline can help. Call our 24/7 helpline number 855-653-8178 access one of the best mental health facilities in the U.S. You can even chat online with one of our experts to find facilities offering mental health counseling programs in the U.S.