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I am experiencing suicidal thoughts, feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness, feeling smothered) and trouble sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficult to wake, difficulty

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Help is available: A person who has suicidal ideations (thoughts or plans), attempts, or gestures needs medical 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 her local area.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
DEPRESSION: If your suicidal thoughts become plans please go to the ER. Otherwise have a physical exam to rule out a physical problem. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM.com sessions. Research indicates with psychotherapy you can change & find better coping mechanisms. If there is a biological reason you are depressed please see a Psychiatrist for medication.

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