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what's a good way to address suicidal thoughts?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: Find a psychologist or therapist to help you find triggers of your suicidal thoughts. Establish stress management, self-care routine, get involved in the activities that bring you a sustained sense of joy. Consider medication if feel that no longer can cope. Below is the number for national suicide prevention lifeline1-800-273-talk (8255).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Take them seriously: I agree w dr. Fox. If you have specific thoughts about how you would kill yourself and a urge to act on these thoughts than please go to the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend, relative or room mate drive you. If this is not feasible you can call 911 for assistance with emergency transport. Suicidal thoughts are not normal & mean that you need help. Take care.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Suicidal thoughts: If you do have those at this time, you need to seek help immediately because you present danger to yourself. Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest er or have your family members take you in.

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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.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

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.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What kind of health issues are related to suicidal thoughts?

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Dr. Ghiath Kashlan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Suicide: Severe deression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chronic pain. Ofcourse there is a long list of less common reasons. Any suicidal ideation would prompt immediate medical attention.
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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 38-year-old member asked:

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

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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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