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A 46-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. David Roth
Child Psychiatry 25 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 44 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
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: If someone has a depression severe enough that they consider ending their life, then there are antidepressant medications that can improve their mood and help them move to a more hopefulpostion. Meds are seldom enough. Many other things are helpful, nutritional deficiencies and starvation can result if si also. 1/2 hr of exercise dailey is as helpful as any medication.

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