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A 32-year-old member asked:

why do people have suicidal thoughts?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Suicidal thoughts : Can occur for many reasons but usually involve a desperate search for an escape or relief from pain, shame, humiliation, embarrassment, or undesired consequences (prison, illness, divorce, exposure of a secret) or as a way to punish self or others. When someone feels depressed, helpless and hopeless, death may seem like the only answer. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Are there any actual medications that will reduce someone's suicidal ideation?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Roth
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: However, this is a complicated question because many factors can contribute to suicidal ideation. Brain diseases like bipolar disorder and depression greatly increase the frequency of suicidal ideation and the % of completions. Personality issues may contribute, and social stress, financial stress, loss of self-esteem and confidence are often important factors to address.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Also, simple thoughts of suicide are quite common and don't necessarily require treatment. Preoccupation with wanting to die and actually making a plan are more worrisome and do suggest the need for professional help.
Feb 1, 2012
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A 24-year-old member asked:

I keep having suicidal thoughts. What should I do?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Don't wait, get help: Whether you have any intentions of hurting yourself or not, having suicidal thoughts is a serious matter. It is always the best choice to seek professional choice right away, without delay. Even if you have no intention of hurting yourself, the fact is that depressed people with that kind of thinking are prone to serious accidental injuries that can even be fatal. Don't wait.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What should I expect when I take a friend to the ER for suicidal ideas?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Will get evaluated: Your friend will be evaluated to assess his/her level of risk. The latter will determine the level if care provided. She/he may get admitted to hospital, discharged to out patient clinic for follow up or admitted to a day hospital
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A 18-year-old male asked:

I talk to myself in public and don't care if people hear me in full conversation, have intrusive suicidal thoughts, sexual and violent thoughts. Help?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Serious concerns: Cael, Your symptoms, especially intrusive thoughts, suggest a neurologic or neuropsychiatric disorder and you need an urgent evaluation. Please tell your doctor about these concerns and ask for a referral to a Neurologist and to a Psychiatrist. Once a cause is determined you can be successfully treated.
Dr. Marvin Ott
Dr. Marvin Ott commented
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
If you are having suicidal thoughts at any time, call a suicide hotline, a trusted friend, or go to the ER.
Aug 30, 2014
A 33-year-old member asked:

What do A&E do for people with suicidal thoughts?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 22 years experience
?: I don't understand your question. Please write back and be more specific/descriptive.

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