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How can you tell the difference between a suicide attempt and a gesture

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Takes a professional: An attempt means that someone tried to actually kill themself. A gesture is posturing about the action. We are very concerned if someone has a plan f... Read More
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Take acts seriously: Especially with children and adolescents, there may be a poor understanding of what an action can do. For example, an overdose of tylenol (acetaminop... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Depends: Although the majority of self-cutting is not intended to be fatal, I have had patients to deliberately try to open an artery with the intent of dying.... Read More
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
It Varies: Some people who cut do so with the desire or wish to die. More often, they are not really trying to kill themselves, but are looking for a way to cope... Read More
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Cutting: It depends on the person, the seriousness of the cutting, how long it's been going on, what emotional issues the person is facing, and a myriad of rel... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Often impossible: Someone taking a sedating drug may unthinkingly take too many pills. We need to look at the life circumstances and what else the person was saying and... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Write it down: A psychiatrist when told of previous suicide attempts usually writes that down and keeps that in mind when hearing you talk about suicide. If it is p... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Maybe: I'm a skydiver, and while people say we're crazy, i've not met a saner, more life-cherishing group -- play by the rules and it's safer than driving. T... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ibrahim Busnaina
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Consult Lawyer: There are so many tricky issues surrounding this subject - dnr laws vary from state to state (i didn't see which state you were inquiring about) but i... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dharamsi Shah
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Effect of Fentanyl: After you go to hospital Fentanyl needs to be flushed out of your body. If you are not suppose to take drug than it may have serious effects. Your doc... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Yes, but they can be: Helpful life long issues. If the attempt helps the person to change lifestyle, get help, avoid future attempts then the results can be positive. Hop... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
For the better: There's a stigma in having made an attempt, and rightly so -- but when people see you are working hard to get your life back together, learning useful... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Welsh
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Hospitalization: After someone attempts suicide they are normally admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a couple of days to stabilize and assess medications. Most peo... Read More