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Suicidal Thoughts - How To Overcome Them?

Dr. Kamal Kishore Verma 86% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD, DNB (PSYCHIATRY)
Psychiatrist, Agra
Suicidal Thoughts - How To Overcome Them?

Suicidal thoughts, often known as suicidal ideation, refer to developing thoughts or desires to commit suicide. Having suicidal thoughts means experiencing a fleeting consideration or detailed planning to commit suicide.

Usually, excessive stress, depression or lot of emotional distress leads to developing such thoughts. However, there are various treatment options that can help one out, the psychiatric therapy being one of them.
Continue reading to know more about the significance of therapy in getting over suicidal thoughts.

The risks can be assessed
Therapy sessions help in evaluating the severity of the condition. Typically, therapy is targeted towards helping the person having suicidal thoughts to deal with the condition and understand why the thoughts are being caused. But, along with treating the patient, psychiatric professionals also analyze the risks that the person possesses by analyzing his or her response to the therapies. Patients with suicidal thoughts not only threaten to kill or hurt themselves but also exhibit revenge-seeking behaviour, and therefore, therapy targets to prevent them from engaging in risky behaviour.

The cause can be identified
From medications to counselling sessions, there are several types of psychiatric treatments available to treat a patient with suicidal thoughts. Apart from the therapy consisting of medications, it is the conversation sessions between the therapists and patients that give positive results.

A person suffering from suicidal thoughts needs to speak with someone who understands him or her. The primary purpose of talking is to identify the underlying factors or the reasons behind the patients’ suicidal thoughts, which helps in treating the condition fast and more effectively.

Every patient is addressed separately
Sometimes, patients need more than a combination of drugs to get over their suicidal thoughts. And, when it comes to psychiatric therapy, the psychiatrist justly analyzes the need and offers the necessary treatment to the patient as per the individual requirements.

Every person is different, and two people suffering from suicidal thoughts may have completely different underlying causes. While a history of family trouble may cause one's suicidal thoughts, another's thoughts may be the result of financial struggles. The best psychiatrists treat every patient separately, as each case has something unique to it that needs to be resolved for the patients’ recovery.

Suicidal thoughts, in the majority of cases, may not lead to the final act of committing suicide but includes developing the thoughts and planning suicide in detail. But for some people, it may make oneself indulge in poor lifestyle choices, such as drug and alcohol, or even hurting oneself and others. Therefore, consulting a psychiatrist is crucial as they may help manage such thoughts before they lead to any serious consequences.

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Suicidal Behaviour - Know The Mental State Of Person!

Dr. Prerna Kohli 84% (10 ratings)
PhD, MPhil, MA - Clinical Psychology, BA - Psychology
Psychologist, Gurgaon
Suicidal Behaviour - Know The Mental State Of Person!

The statistics of suicide in India are horrendous, every hour a student in India commits suicide.  Every 3 seconds there is an attempted suicide in India. 

The question that comes to mind repeatedly is why does someone who is extremely successful professionally and personally end their life?

A study by the University of California exhibited that 50% of entrepreneurs will suffer from depression or some other form of mental health issues.

Some of the key reasons for mental health issues in entrepreneurs is

  • Competition: They constantly compare themselves to their competitors
  • Working 24×7: Working all the time deprives them of the simple pleasures of life, like enjoying a rainbow, or sitting down to have a meal with their family
  • Detachment: They feel detached from their real self, or who they were before they became successful
  • Lack of Resilience: When they grow up with wealth, they lack the resilience to weather the  downturns in the cycle of life
  • Vulnerability: They are vulnerable to the criticism and peer pressure of the industry
  • Attaining a goal: High successful people have a sense of depression upon achieving a goal. Startup founders on occasion feel bouts of depression upon raising funding, exiting their company, etc.

CEO, entrepreneurs, celebrities are generally more prone to depression and bipolar disorder due to the neverending public and media scrutiny. They are more susceptible to mental disorders such as panic attacks, insomnia, substance abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts as they are under more pressure than normal people. In the unfortunate death of VG Sidhartha, the pressure of running such a large empire and the financial stresses of this conglomerate took their toll on this man.

To anyone who is contemplating suicide, don’t do it! Life is like a pendulum, there will be good phases and bad phases, we need to live through the bad to appreciate the good.

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Suicidal Thoughts - How To Help Someone With It?

Mumbai Psychiatry Clinics 88% (20 ratings)
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Suicidal Thoughts - How To Help Someone With It?

Although there is no single reason why someone may have suicidal tendencies, certain things can increase the risk. An individual is more likely to have suicidal thoughts if he has a mental health condition like depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The vulnerability also increases in cases of alcoholism, drug abuse or poor job security. It may not be possible to prevent suicidal thoughts, but keeping one's mind healthy with regular exercise, healthy eating and maintaining friendships can help one deal better with stress

It can be very upsetting, when someone says things which sound as if the person is considering suicide. One may not be sure what to do to help as to whether one should take talk of suicide seriously, or if intervention might make the situation worse. Taking action is always the best choice. One of the best things one can do if someone is feeling suicidal is to encourage them to talk about their feelings and to listen to what they say. One can provide the best help by listening and not being judgemental. If the person has been diagnosed with a mental health condition like depression, one can take advice from his care team. 

One should avoid offering solutions. While listening, do not give in to the temptation of providing a solution. One should ask open-ended questions so that the person remains in control and expresses his feelings. On the contrary, it will offer an opportunity to talk about feelings which may reduce the risk of acting on suicidal feelings. Ensure that the person is not left on his own, if there is an immediate danger. One cannot always tell when a loved one or friend is considering suicide, so one must be on the lookout for warning signs. The warning signs could be talking about suicide, buying or stocking pills, withdrawing from social life, increase in alcohol or drugs, personality changes like severely agitated and saying goodbye to people as if seeing them for the last time. It is also important that one does not make judgements about how a person is thinking or behaving. 

After listening to their feelings, one may feel that certain aspects of their thinking and behaviour are making their problems worse. But pointing this out will not be particularly helpful to them. Reassurance, respect and support will only help someone during these difficult periods. As a final note, one must realise that talking to someone about their feelings is not long lasting and can help them feel safe and secure temporarily. Professional help can provide long-term support to help someone overcome their suicidal tendencies. That will the person to deal with the primary issues behind someone's suicidal thoughts, besides offering advice and support.

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How To Overcome Suicidal Thoughts?

Dr. Rupali 94% (87 ratings)
M. D. Psychiatry, Diploma In Psychological Medicine-DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Greater Noida
How To Overcome Suicidal Thoughts?

Of late, are you experiencing suicidal thoughts as a result of some severe trauma or loss in life? Suicidal thoughts may arise because of several reasons when you lose yourself totally and feel that you are not worthy enough for living in the world anymore. Such thoughts lead many people into actually committing suicide. Hence, you have to deal with suicidal thoughts carefully and prevent anything bad from happening.

Here are 10 useful ways through which you can deal with suicidal thoughts:

  1. Although you may feel like withdrawing yourself from all activities and socializing, it is important for you to talk to someone every day regarding your thoughts and what you are going through. Spend time with someone you trust. You can also call a crisis helpline and discuss your feelings.
  2. You have to develop an efficient safety plan. The plan must include the contact number of your doctor, friends and family who would help you during a crisis.
  3. Try to make a written schedule for yourself and follow it strictly. Keeping and maintaining a scheduled life is important for your mental health and will keep you diverted from suicidal or negative thoughts.
  4. Spend time in the sun and get into nature for at least one hour every day. This will help you to connect with something full of life and is important for eliminating suicidal tendencies.
  5. Daily exercise is also very important. You should exercise for 30 minutes every day. The bursts of activity and exertion will have a positive impact on your mind.
  6. You should devote your time for things which you like to do but could never continue them in life. This will give you joy and a positive vibe, which is essential for fixing your mind.
  7. You should not forget about your personal goals. Think about the things you dreamt of doing, the places you planned to visit, and all the things in life you want to accomplish. This will bring back your hope of living in order to fulfil those goals.
  8. You should promise yourself not to do anything when you think of suicide. You need some distance between thoughts and actions. Promise yourself that you will not do anything stupid and will wait.
  9. Consuming alcohol and taking drugs can trigger your suicidal thoughts rapidly. Hence, you should not take these substances as an escape from your conflicting thoughts.
  10. It is also important for you to make your home safe. You should remove all the things, which you may use to hurt yourself such as knives, pills, razors or firearms. You should go to a safe place and avoid being alone when you experience suicidal thoughts.
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How To Overcome Suicidal Thoughts?

Dr. Nisha Khanna 86% (54 ratings)
Ph. D - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
How To Overcome Suicidal Thoughts?

Individuals with suicidal thoughts should understand that it is quite common for you to have such thoughts every now and then. It is not a character defect or something that makes you crazy, or weak. It just states that the amount of stress or pain you are having is more than in hand. Even though the suffering may appear to be overwhelming and permanent, but with time and support, you can relieve from emotional stress and the negative feelings will pass. At times people feel that their misery or unhappiness will never end, but it is important to realize that crises are usually temporary. There are various measures that you can keep in mind and protect yourself from ending up doing something wrong:

  • Don’t Worry About the Perception

The first step you can take towards the prevention of suicides is by actually talking about it. You may be afraid to bring up the subject of suicide, fearing that you’ll be judged or criticized. But you need to talk about suicide and open the doors of communication in order to get help for your suffering. You need to understand that you are not alone. You can depend on your friends and familypeople who will support you in the hard times.

  • Understand the Warning Signs

There are many warning signs for suicide that you can look out for when you doubt you are in trouble. Common signs such as feeling trapped, hopeless, isolating and perceiving oneself as a burden along with abnormal eating and sleeping pattern can be early onsets of suicidal ideations. By getting to know these warning signs, you can be more aware, ask for help and deal accordingly.

  • Ask for Family Support

Getting family and friends support, talking to them about how you feel and if required ask for professional helpFamily and friends should even attend sessions with you. Avoiding isolation and staying connected to the outside world, as much as possible is required. It is very essential for people to develop an optimistic attitude, like focusing on the good things you have or seeking out things that give you pleasure.

  • Speak Up/Be Expressive

It is essential to understand the importance of calling a suicide prevention helpline or someone close to you. Whenever, you feel such thoughts are bothering, raise your voice, share your feelings. Attending a self-help or support group, where you can discuss issues with people who understand. Be expressive as much as you can, so that others can help you during your crucial stage.

  • Avoid Drugs

Avoiding alcohol and drugs can help to curb suicideAlcohol makes people act more impulsively. Previous suicidal thought may evolve into action with the use of alcoholAlcohol/substance abusers are much more likely to commit suicide, as alcohol/drug inhibits the ability to reason, as intoxicated people do not fully realize the consequences.

  • Focus on Physical Health

Engaging in some kind of exercise can be very beneficial. Additionally, ensure to maintain a well-balanced and healthy diet. Make it a point to get at least 7-8 hours continuous sleep in every 24-hour period. Also, try relaxation or meditation techniques early in the morning.

It would be highly recommended to seek help from a professional psychologist if you have suicidal ideation and nobody around you seems to be of any help. You can talk with the psychologist face to face or telephonically in case of urgency. The psychologist will aid you to come up with better ways to manage a stressful situation and achieve your goals with a new perspective.

P.S.:- Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Give yourself the required time deal efficiently and for the pain to subside.

 

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How To Identify Suicidal Behaviour?

Dr. Rahul Chandhok 91% (15 ratings)
M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Faridabad
How To Identify Suicidal Behaviour?

Sadly, millions of people around the world attempt to commit suicide every day. This can be defined as the act of purposefully taking one’s life. There can be many causes for a person to take this extreme step but in most cases, the person gives out warning signs before committing suicide. It is important for us as family and friends to look out for these signs and protect our loved ones.

  1. Social withdrawal: When a person loses interest in things he or she likes to do normally or starts keeping a distance from others, it may be cause for concern. Social withdrawal is one of the most common symptoms of depression. Depression could in many cases trigger suicidal thoughts.
  2. Focus on death: People having suicidal thoughts may talk openly about death and wanting to die. Do not take this lightly. In other cases, they may be fixated on death and begin researching various ways to take their life. This could also take the form of buying a gun, sleeping pills or a sharp knife.
  3. Despair: Nobody likes listening to others crib but in many cases, this may be a way for a depressed person to seek help. Many people commit suicide not to end their lives but to end the physical or emotional pain they are suffering from.
  4. Making Plans: People thinking of committing suicide may begin drafting suicide notes or start making plans to get rid of their belongings. This could be in the form of a sudden garage sale or drawing up a will.
  5. Reckless behavior: People who are depressed and contemplating suicide may show signs of reckless behavior as they think they have nothing to lose. They could start drinking excessively or doing drugs or even have unprotected sexual intercourse. Drugs and alcohol could also be a way for them to lessen their pain. Driving under the influence or driving too fast could also be a sign to look out for.

How can you help?
If you do notice something strange, do not ignore it. Try talking to the person and help them express their frustration in words. Find ways for them to meet more people and do something different. You should also encourage the person to talk to a professional mental health care expert. If you are in a situation where someone threatens suicide, do not leave them alone. Try to calm them down and call for help immediately.

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What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Dr. Sathish Erra 93% (21083 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Sexologist, Hyderabad
What Is Bipolar Disorder?

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorders are brain disorders that cause changes in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Bipolar disorder is a category that includes three different conditions — bipolar I, bipolar II and cyclothymic disorder.
People with bipolar disorders have extreme and intense emotional states that occur at distinct times, called mood episodes. These mood episodes are categorized as manic, hypomanic or depressive. People with bipolar disorders generally have periods of normal mood as well. Bipolar disorders can be treated, and people with these illnesses can lead full and productive lives.

Types:

There are three main types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymia.

-Bipolar I:
Bipolar I is defined by the appearance of at least one manic episode. You may experience hypomanic or major depressive episodes before and after the manic episode. This type of bipolar disorder affects men and women equally.

-Bipolar II:
People with this type of bipolar disorder experience one major depressive episode that lasts at least two weeks. They also have at least one hypomanic episode that lasts about four days. This type of bipolar disorder is thought to be more common in women.

-Cyclothymia:
People with cyclothymia have episodes of hypomania and depression. These symptoms are shorter and less severe than the mania and depression caused by bipolar I or bipolar II disorder. Most people with this condition only experience a month or two at a time where their moods are stable.

Symptoms:
Bipolar symptom in women:


Men and women are diagnosed with bipolar disorder in equal numbers. However, the main symptoms of the disorder may be different between the two genders. In many cases, a woman with bipolar disorder may:

  • be diagnosed later in life, in her 20s or 30s

  • have milder episodes of mania

  • experience more depressive episodes than manic episodes

  • have four or more episodes of mania and depression in a year, which is called rapid cycling

  • experience other conditions at the same time, including thyroid disease, obesity, anxiety disorders, and migraines

  • have a higher lifetime risk of alcohol use disorder

  • Women with bipolar disorder may also relapse more often. This is believed to be caused by hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. If you’re a woman and think you may have bipolar disorder, it’s important for you to get the facts. Here’s what you need to know about bipolar disorder in women.

Bipolar system in men:
Men and women both experience common symptoms of bipolar disorder. However, men may experience symptoms differently than women. Men with bipolar disorder may:

  • be diagnosed earlier in life

  • experience more severe episodes, especially manic episodes

  • have substance abuse issues

  • act out during manic episodes

  • Men with bipolar disorder are less likely than women to seek medical care on their own. They’re also more likely to die by suicide.

Bipolar disorder in children:

Diagnosing bipolar disorder in children is controversial. This is largely because children don’t always display the same bipolar symptoms as adults. Their moods and behaviors may also not follow the standards doctors use to diagnose the disorder in adults.

Many bipolar symptoms that occur in children also overlap with symptoms from a range of other disorders that can occur in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

However, in the last few decades, doctors and mental health professionals have come to recognize the condition in children. A diagnosis can help children get treatment, but reaching a diagnosis may take many weeks or months. Your child may need to seek special care from a professional trained to treat children with mental health issues.

Like adults, children with bipolar disorder experience episodes of elevated mood. They can appear very happy and show signs of excitable behavior. These periods are then followed by depression. While all children experience mood changes, changes caused by bipolar disorder are very pronounced. They’re also usually more extreme than a child’s typical mood swing.

Manic symptoms in children
Symptoms of a child’s manic episode caused by bipolar disorder can include:

-acting very silly and feeling overly happy
-talking fast and rapidly changing subjects
-having trouble focusing or concentrating
-doing risky things or experimenting with risky behaviors
-having a very short temper that leads quickly to outbursts of anger
-having trouble sleeping and not feeling tired after sleep loss
-Depressive symptoms in children

-Symptoms of a child’s depressive episode caused by bipolar disorder can include:

-moping around or acting very sad
-sleeping too much or too little
-having little energy for normal activities or showing no signs of interest in anything
-complaining about not feeling well, including having frequent headaches or stomachaches
-experiencing feelings of worthlessness or guilt
-eating too little or too much
-thinking about death and possibly suicide
-Other possible diagnoses
Some of the behavior issues you may witness in your child could be the result of another condition. ADHD and other behavior disorders can occur in children with bipolar disorder. Work with your child’s doctor to document your child’s unusual behaviors, which will help lead to a diagnosis.

Bipolar disorder in teens:

Angst-filled behavior is nothing new to the average parent of a teenager. The shifts in hormones, plus the life changes that come with puberty, can make even the most well-behaved teen seem a little upset or overly emotional from time to time. However, some teenage mood swings may be the result of a more serious condition, such as bipolar disorder.

A bipolar disorder diagnosis is most common during the late teens and early adult years. For teenagers, the more common symptoms of a manic episode include:

-being very happy
-“acting out” or misbehaving
-taking part in risky behaviors
-abusing substances
-thinking about sex more than usual
-becoming overly sexual or sexually active
-having trouble sleeping but not showing signs of fatigue or being tired
-having a very short temper
-having trouble staying focused, or being easily distracted

-For teenagers, the more common symptoms of a depressive episode include:

-sleeping a lot or too little
-eating too much or too little
-feeling very sad and showing little excitability
-withdrawing from activities and friends
-thinking about death and suicide
-Diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder can help teens live a healthy life. Learn more about bipolar disorder in teenagers and how to treat it.

Bipolar and depression:

Bipolar disorder can have two extremes: up and down. To be diagnosed with bipolar, you must experience a period of mania or hypomania. People generally feel “up” in this phase of the disorder. When you’re experiencing an “up” mood swing, you may feel highly energized and be easily excitable.

Some people with bipolar disorder will also experience a major depressive episode, or a “down” mood. When you’re experiencing a “down” mood swing, you may feel lethargic, unmotivated, and sad. However, not all people with bipolar disorder who have this symptom feel “down” enough to be labeled depressed. For instance, for some people, once their mania is treated, a normal mood may feel like depression because they enjoyed the “high” caused by the manic episode.

While bipolar disorder can cause you to feel depressed, it’s not the same as the condition called depression. Bipolar disorder can cause highs and lows, but depression causes moods and emotions that are always “down.” Discover the differences between bipolar disorder and depression.

Causes:

Bipolar disorder is a common mental health disorder, but it’s a bit of a mystery to doctors and researchers. It’s not yet clear what causes some people to develop the condition and not others.

Possible causes of bipolar disorder include:

-Genetics- 
If your parent or sibling has bipolar disorder, you’re more likely than other people to develop the condition (see below). However, it’s important to keep in mind that most people who have bipolar disorder in their family history don’t develop it.

-Your brain-  
Your brain structure may impact your risk for the disease. Abnormalities in the structure or functions of your brain may increase your risk.

Diagnosis:

  • A diagnosis of bipolar disorder I involves either one or more manic episodes, or mixed (manic and depressive) episodes. It may also include a major depressive episode, but it may not. A diagnosis of bipolar II involves one or more major depressive episodes and at least one episode of hypomania.

  • To be diagnosed with a manic episode, you must experience symptoms that last for at least one week or that cause you to be hospitalized. You must experience symptoms almost all day every day during this time. Major depressive episodes, on the other hand, must last for at least two weeks.

  • Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose because mood swings can vary. It’s even harder to diagnose in children and adolescents. This age group often has greater changes in mood, behavior, and energy levels.

  • Bipolar disorder often gets worse if it’s left untreated. Episodes may happen more often or become more extreme. But if you receive treatment for your bipolar disorder, it’s possible for you to lead a healthy and productive life. Therefore, diagnosis is very important. See how bipolar disorder is diagnosed.

Role of Homeopathy in Bipolar Disorder:

The first step in our treatment method involves the use of homeopathy. Homeopathy is a system of medicine which stimulates the body to heal itself. When homeopathic medicines are prescribed properly, they work quickly to alleviate symptoms and improve overall health.

Natural remedies for bipolar disorder:

Some natural remedies may be helpful for bipolar disorder. However, it’s important not to use these remedies without first talking with your doctor. These treatments could interfere with medications you’re taking.

The following herbs and supplements may help stabilize your mood and relieve symptoms of bipolar disorder:

1. Fish oil. A 2013 study shows that people who consume a lot of fish and fish oil are less likely to develop bipolar disease. You can eat more fish to get the oil naturally, or you can take an over-the-counter (OTC) supplement.
2. Rhodiola rosea. This research also shows that this plant may be a helpful treatment for moderate depression. It may help treat depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder.
3. S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe). SAMe is an amino acid supplement. The research shows it can ease symptoms of major depression and other mood disorders.

Several other minerals and vitamins may also reduce symptoms of bipolar disorder. 

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Know The Significance Of Therapy In Helping To Get Over Suicidal Thoughts!

Dr. Vikas Jain 91% (175 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Know The Significance Of Therapy In Helping To Get Over Suicidal Thoughts!

Suicidal thoughts, often known as suicidal ideation, refer to developing thoughts or desires to commit suicide. Having suicidal thoughts means experiencing a fleeting consideration or detailed planning to commit suicide.

Usually, excessive stress, depression or lot of emotional distress leads to developing such thoughts. However, there are various treatment options that can help one out, the psychiatric therapy being one of them.
Continue reading to know more about the significance of therapy in getting over suicidal thoughts.

The risks can be assessed
Therapy sessions help in evaluating the severity of the condition. Typically, therapy is targeted towards helping the person having suicidal thoughts to deal with the condition and understand why the thoughts are being caused. But, along with treating the patient, psychiatric professionals also analyze the risks that the person possesses by analyzing his or her response to the therapies. Patients with suicidal thoughts not only threaten to kill or hurt themselves but also exhibit revenge-seeking behaviour, and therefore, therapy targets to prevent them from engaging in risky behaviour.

The cause can be identified
From medications to counselling sessions, there are several types of psychiatric treatments available to treat a patient with suicidal thoughts. Apart from the therapy consisting of medications, it is the conversation sessions between the therapists and patients that give positive results.

A person suffering from suicidal thoughts needs to speak with someone who understands him or her. The primary purpose of talking is to identify the underlying factors or the reasons behind the patients’ suicidal thoughts, which helps in treating the condition fast and more effectively.

Every patient is addressed separately
Sometimes, patients need more than a combination of drugs to get over their suicidal thoughts. And, when it comes to psychiatric therapy, the psychiatrist justly analyzes the need and offers the necessary treatment to the patient as per the individual requirements.

Every person is different, and two people suffering from suicidal thoughts may have completely different underlying causes. While a history of family trouble may cause one's suicidal thoughts, another's thoughts may be the result of financial struggles. The best psychiatrists treat every patient separately, as each case has something unique to it that needs to be resolved for the patients’ recovery.

Suicidal thoughts, in the majority of cases, may not lead to the final act of committing suicide but includes developing the thoughts and planning suicide in detail. But for some people, it may make oneself indulge in poor lifestyle choices, such as drug and alcohol, or even hurting oneself and others. Therefore, consulting a psychiatrist is crucial as they may help manage such thoughts before they lead to any serious consequences.

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How To Handle A Person With Suicidal Thoughts?

Ms. Anu Goel 89% (28 ratings)
MA Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
How To Handle A Person With Suicidal Thoughts?

A suicidal patient will not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that he/she doesn’t need it. People who become suicidal do not necessarily want to end their lives, they just want their sufferings to end. You can prevent suicide by recognizing the warning signs and by taking necessary actions. If you think a friend or a family member is undergoing too much stress and suffering and is considering suicide, please talk to him/her. You may feel scared to bring up the subject but talking to them about their suicidal thoughts and feelings is the only way to help them.

When you see or know someone in pain who wants to end their life, follow these steps to help them get through their suicidal thoughts.

  1. Talk, talk and talk: Let the person know you care about him/her and that they aren’t alone. Listen to what they want to share and help them vent their feelings and anger. Be sympathetic, calm and non-judgmental while listening to their feelings. Offer hope by reassuring the person that help is available, and these feelings are temporary. Let them know the importance of their life to you and to their family and friends.
  2. Get professional help: Do everything you can to get help for a suicidal person. Call an emergency mental help facility for advice and referrals. Encourage the person to seek professional aid and visit a mental health counsellor. Help locate a good psychiatrist or make the doctor’s appointment for them.
  3. Follow-up: Make note of what the doctor prescribes - be it medications or just therapy. Make sure the suicidal person is following the instructions given and taking the medicines on time. Know the side effects of the medicines and notify the doctor in case the person gets worse. It takes time and persistence to find the right treatment plan for every suicidal person.
  4. Be proactive: The person contemplating suicide often feels they cannot be helped. So, you need to be more proactive in offering help. Drop by every alternate day and call daily to check on them. Just don’t stop at saying, “call me if you need anything," as it sounds too vague and it’s very likely that the person will not bother calling.
  5. Positive affirmations: Maintain a positive atmosphere around the suicidal person. Encourage them with positive affirmations and healthy lifestyle changes to keep them healthy and happy. Ensure that a healthy diet, 30 minutes of exercise and plenty of sleep forms part of their day. Daily exercise is important as exercising releases endorphins which are happy hormones that help relieve stress and promote emotional well-being.
  6. Plan: Make the person develop a set of steps that they should follow during their suicidal crisis. Help them identify their trigger that leads to the suicidal crisis such as the anniversary of a loss, alcohol or stress due to work or love relationships. Include contact numbers of the therapist, as well as close friends and family members along with yours who will be there in case of an emergency.
  7. Continue your support long-term: Even after the immediate suicidal tendency has passed, stay in touch with the person and periodically keep checking on them. Your support is necessary to ensure their well-being and that they remain on the track to recovery.

There are times when you may fail despite following all these steps. Do not blame yourself. You did the right thing by helping the suicidal person. Just follow the above steps and try to help as many people as possible.
Mental well-being is the most important and needed state in order to be healthy. Stay happy, stay healthy! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Suicide- Warning Signs You Cannot Ignore!

Dr. Akshata Bhat 94% (2156 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Suicide- Warning Signs You Cannot Ignore!

A sound health is not only about being healthy physically. The mental health is also of prime importance. Today, depression and anxiety have become a parasite affecting all and sundry. The situation complicates further when a person starts showing a suicidal tendency. There are a lot of teenagers and young adults, in particular, who have lost their lives because of depression and suicidal tendency leaving their families and loved ones shattered and broken. In this article, we will discuss some warnings indicative of depression and suicidal tendency in a person. A prompt action and the necessary corrective measures can help save a precious life.

Warning signs indicative of suicidal tendency in a person-
The first step towards helping a person with a suicidal tendency is to recognize the warning signs. There will be changes in their behavior, changes that are unusual, different, and at times scary.

  1. Extreme mood swings that may last for days.
  2. The person prefers isolation and avoids people and social gatherings, parties, get-togethers. They tend to lose interest in everything around them.
  3. A person with suicidal tendency will end up feeling sad or getting emotional all the time.
  4. A noticeable change in the eating habits (keeps binging on food all the time or does not eat at all).
  5. There is also a change in the sleeping pattern (sleeps all the time or does not sleep for nights). In some cases, the person may suddenly appear calm and composed.
  6. The person considers themselves useless, a black sheep in the family.
  7. There may be a change in the way they talk (talks too fast or too slowly).
  8. They pay little or no attention to their physical appearance.
  9. Many people with suicidal tendency exhibit violent or self-destructive behavior such as increased, smoking, alcohol or drug abuse, reckless driving, trying to harm themselves with sharp and pointed objects (compass, blade, knife, to name a few).
  10. While they have been isolating themselves for long, you may suddenly find them catching up with friends and family and behaving as if they are going somewhere (such as telling friends to take care of their family, or asking for forgiveness for some past mistakes).
  11. In some cases, the person may threaten to commit suicide.

Dealing with a person with Suicidal Tendency
A person with suicidal tendency needs the love and affection of their loved ones. Make them feel wanted and valued.

  1. Talk to the person. Try and find out what is bothering them. Don't let them stay alone for long.
  2. The suicidal tendency is not a small thing. Seek medical assistance at the earliest. Don't miss out on the counseling sessions. It may take time but will bear fruitful results.
  3. Maintain a positive and cheerful environment at home. Make the person participate in family functions and celebrations.
  4. For drug and alcohol abuse, take the person to a rehabilitation center.
  5. As family members or friends, try and maintain your composure in front of the affected individual.

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