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i keep having suicidal thoughts. what should i do?

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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.

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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 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 36-year-old member asked:

I'm having suicidal thoughts - how long can a hospital keep someone inpatient against their will?

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Dr. William Drescher
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Psychiatry 49 years experience
It depends: It depends on many things, but mostly on the state in which one lives. Only the patient rights representative or an attorney in that state can tell you.
A 18-year-old female asked:

I keep cryin al the time.Its my 1st yr in a med school and i don't feel motivated to study or do anythn productive.Sometimes i get suicidal thoughts.

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Dr. Herbert Popolow
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Stressful: You're in a very stressful situation. Perhaps you're having some difficulties in med school. Everyone has difficulties from time to time. It may be time to think about a less stressful occupation. This does not mean you're a failure. It may, however, indicate that you might be happier doing research or being an eye doctor, etc. It appears you are depressed. Recommend professional guidance.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Seek treatment. Just because you are depressed doesn't mean you can't get treatment and pursue your dreams as you improve. Don't throw in the towel now!
May 1, 2013
A 42-year-old member asked:

I keep having suicidal thoughts but no means of getting help?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Get help Now!: The national suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-talk (8255): you can also call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if feelings of suicidality are hard to control. The evaluation will be done in the er and you options will be discussed. Stay safe!
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Feeling unfamiliar with reality, not feeling like myself, keep having suicidal thoughts and ideation. Why is this?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Visit the Dr or E.R.: A person who has suicidal ideations (thoughts or plans), gestures, or attempts needs evaluation and treatment right away. The recommended way to get treatment is to visit an emergency room, by ambulance or by having a companion drive. In the US, the emergency phone number for an ambulance is 911. One can also find suicide prevention hotline numbers online, for his or her local area.

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