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what to do if i need help with suicidal thoughts, please help.?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What is a real : Positive is that you recognize you need help. If you have a suicide plan that you want to act on - then you need to be seen at the nearest emergency room now. You could be transported by a relative or friend or call 911 for transport. If you are not at immediate risk then please see you physician for a full evaluation. Also, strongly encourage you to see a psychologist &/or a psychiatrist. Start.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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getting better now. Take care.
Jul 24, 2013
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: National suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-talk. I would encourage you to talk to a primary care doctor to get a referral for a psychologist/or a qualified mental health professional to figure out what's happening with you. If thoughts of suicide become overwhelming, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room -- they will do psych eval at the er and discuss options. Good luck!

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

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Dr. David Roth
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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
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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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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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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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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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