Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life and people with suicidal thoughts are often so overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and hopelessness that they think they have no other option. Besides mental illness, there are several factors that may lead to Suicidal Behavior such as substance abuse, family history of suicide, poor job security, socially isolated and other such factors. The common signs of Suicidal Behavior include loneliness, mood swings, feeling trapped, anxiety and hopelessness.
HOW IS SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Suicidal Behavior is based on the symptoms reported by the person or by a friend or relative. The family history and personal history is evaluated during discussions with a psychologist. Assessment of mental health, substance abuse and medications that are currently being taken are part of the diagnosis of Suicidal Behavior
HOW IS SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR TREATED?
The treatment will depend on the underlying cause of suicidal thoughts and behavior. In most cases, however, treatment consists of talk therapy and medication. Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is one possible treatment method for lowering the risk of committing suicide. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that’s often used for people who are having thoughts of suicide. Medicines may include one or more of the following types:
• antipsychotic medications
• anti-anxiety medications
DID YOU KNOW?
Certain factors increase the risk of Suicidal Behavior namely socio-cultural, environmental and biopsychosocial.