SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Note: Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (U.S. only) if you are having suicidal thoughts or feelings

Maybe you’re feeling hopeless. Worthless. Misunderstood. Damaged beyond repair. Irrelevant to society. The last time you felt any sense of happiness, excitement, or enthusiasm is a distant memory. Then you start thinking. You think you can’t handle such agony any longer. You think your life doesn’t really possess much potential. You think people wouldn’t notice or care if you were gone.  You think the best solution might just be to leave everything and everyone, forever.

 

​Well guess what? That is NOT YOU thinking those thoughts. It isn’t the individual who used to be happy, who used to have hobbies, who used to have dreams and aspirations. It is a mindset damaged and corrupted by an illness or difficult circumstances that are seemingly irreparable. But please remember – you’re not alone! It might seem like everyone around you is unbelievably ecstatic all the time, but far more people than you think are suffering from very similar issues.

 

So before taking any drastic measures, dig deeper into the condition you’re succumbing to and fight it! Take steps to improve. You can beat this! You can live a happy, influential life. It will take time. It will be tough. The good news is, though, you are fully capable. You might feel you’re at rock bottom right now. Start climbing your way back up!

 

Causes and Risk Factors

 

  1. Having a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc.

  2. Having a severe disease or injury

  3. Genetics/family history of suicide

  4. Lower levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood regulation, in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid

  5. Unusually high activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system which is responsible for the body’s response to stress

  6. A history of substance abuse

  7. Side effect of a prescribed medication

  8. Physical/verbal abuse

  9. Traumatic experiences such as the loss of a loved one

  10. Poor financial status or living conditions

  11. A sense of isolation and a feeling of being unable to seek the proper help

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptoms

  1. Negative emotions such as hopelessness, loneliness, sadness, anger, frustration, irritability, confusion, etc.

  2. Irregular sleep patterns

  3. More frequent isolation from others than usual

  4. Searching for access to firearms or other potential means of suicide

  5. Reckless or self-destructive behavior

  6. Talking about ending one’s life

 

Treatment

  1. Psychotherapy

  2. Medication such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications

  3. Group therapy/support groups

  4. Getting educated on the source of your suicidal thoughts and fighting against it

  5. Opening up to friends and family about your condition. Speaking up helps!

  6. Utilizing suicide prevention hotlines or other avenues of support

  7. Make healthier lifestyle changes

  8. Utilizing one of the many suicide prevention resources available to you. Watch the video below for more information!

 

Sources/links we utilized

Credit: WellCast

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