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A 28-year-old male asked:

A friend has started suicidal ideation and talking about being depressed. he's bipolar with a previous attempt and has a therapist. what should i do?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Talk with him: You are clearly being a good friend. Talk with him, and encourage him to contact his therapist about his depression and suicidal ideations. Is he also taking medications? If so, these may need adjusting. If not, he may need to be working with a psychiatrist also so that his needs are addressed on more levels. Help him avoid alcohol, etc. If concerned that he will imminently self-harm, call 911.
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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Your answer shows a lot of compassion !
Nov 15, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you, Dr. Po.
Nov 15, 2013
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Urge him to get help: People diagnosed with bipolar disorder have a high risk of suicide. Please urge him to go to an er or contact his therapist if he or she is available. If he refuses, you can call 911 and have the police or a mental health assessment team evaluate him for an involuntary hold. In california, it would be a 5150, 3 day hold.
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Last updated Nov 25, 2013

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