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A 35-year-old member asked:

i have been diagnosed with major depression but never have thoughts of suicide?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
See below...: Thoughts of suicide are not always present in depression. Treatment is still indicated, though, & u deserve to feel better. Psychotherapy with or without meds is indicated.
Dr. Michael Welsh
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Symptoms: I am glad you asked the question. While suicidal ideation is often linked to major depression it is only one of several criteria that make up the disorder. You may be experiencing some of the other symptoms for more than 2 weeks including: depressed mood, diminished interests, weight changes, sleep pattern changes, agitation, , fatigue, feeling feelings of worthlessness, or trouble concentrating.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Depression symptoms: Many people with depression don't have thoughts of suicide. Some do have thoughts of death or suicide without a specific plan. It's different for each person. But, everyone who has a depression diagnosis has a depressed, sad, or empty mood (in children or adolescents this may be characterized as an irritable mood). Effective treatments are available, so keep working with your doctor to get better.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

I am in a major depression and thinking of suicide. Help?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: I"m sorry you're going through this. Find a psychologist or a mental health provider to help you figure out issues that might be causing your feelings. If you're having thoughts of self-harm that are overwhelming, go to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. National suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-talk. In the er an eval will be done and your options discussed. Good luck!
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A 29-year-old female asked:

I have major depression and have been in an episode for about 6 months with on and off thoughts of suicide. Should i admit myself for immediate help.

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Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry 26 years experience
On suicidal thinking: It's always valuable to have an evaluation by a live clinician if your asking yourself this. If you're currently thinking about it, absolutely-go to the er. When it's an on/of thing, you're in off mode but worried, the worse that can happen is you may receive more treatment, which isn't a bad thing. Better safe, and all that. Good luck with your er visit...

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