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Failed Suicide Attempt Consequences
It is possible: When you say life long issues do you mean will the failed attempt cause change? Change can be either positive or negative. Make it a positive one by learning why the attempt was made and adjust your thoughts and behaviors to improve your life. Work with a therapist to assist you. If you are still having thoughts of harming yourself, please contact your local mental health association or 911. ...Read more
For the better: There's a stigma in having made an attempt, and rightly so -- but when people see you are working hard to get your life back together, learning useful skills, avoiding getting trapped in problem relationships, and trying to be the best person you can be, you'll discover you suddenly have troops of friends. Hurrah for you just for having had the courage to ask. Best wishes. ...Read more
With open arms: The person may be feeling uncomfortable or ashamed, so it's important to receive them however they are in the moment. Welcome them back into the family; be open to their need to talk. Listen. Share in return. Give affection and hugs. Give them a part in preparing meals, setting table, etc. Take walks with them. Let them know you're glad they're alive. ...Read more
Suicide attempt: Protect patient from further harm & medically stabilize. Admission for medical care and psychiatric treatment is often indicated. ...Read more
Seek to understand : ; help you. If you are asking if you will be admitted for inpatient psychiatric treatment that depends. If you are imminently suicidal with a plan, intent and a strong urge to act on in - then yes, probably. However, we care for many people on an outpatient basis who have had suicide attempts ; who have suicidal thoughts. It is important to know about the past attempt to give you the best care. ...Read more
It Varies: Some people who cut do so with the desire or wish to die. More often, they are not really trying to kill themselves, but are looking for a way to cope with and express overwhelming feelings of distress and turmoil. ...Read more
Take acts seriously: Especially with children and adolescents, there may be a poor understanding of what an action can do. For example, an overdose of tylenol (acetaminophen) may be intended as a "cry for help, " but high enough doses can destroy the liver, which may lead to death. Any suicide attempt, no matter how unlikely to cause harm, merits detailed attention to what is making like seem so bad. ...Read more
Please make sure this very hurt person gets excellent treatment from a really good psychiatrist.
When? Tomorrow 9:00 am. ...Read more
Not with an attempt: Military standard: 'history of suicidal behavior, including gesture(s) or attempt (s) (300.9) , or history of self-mutilation, is disqualifying'. ...Read more
Paramedics: Stabilize medically and transport to Emergency Medical facility. ...Read more
Do dr's really judge a patient from previous history? I had a suicide attempt in 2009 and feel like I am judged no matter where i go.
Really sorry: U feel judged by drs no matter where u go. Should not be the case. While it is recognized that a history of suicidal attempt increases suicidal risk factor, it should b taken under consideration only 2 help u increase the quality of ur life while encouraging ur resilience strength. U r a survivor, as such u deserve respect & trust as u learned the "tough way" that life is a journey worth 2 live 4. ...Read more
Being glad: Among physically healthy people who have made serious attempts and failed, ninety-nine percent are glad, one year later, that they failed. I can't address possible brain damage from this experience but if it's not obvious, it probably hasn't happened. Embrace life -- as the old folk tale goes, "You can find something better than death anywhere." ...Read more
No: You cannot refuse treatment if you are deemed a danger to yourself and you have been put on an involutary hold by a physician until you are cleared by a psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more
No.: Your action(s) demonstrated you are not in a (mental) state to make decisions on your own behalf when feeling / attempting suicide, so emergency care, including psychological evaluation, can be performed without your consent. Many states have "emergency petitions" or "psych holds" for this. Cooperation speeds process and help/care for you. Refusal often results in involuntary psych hospital stay. ...Read more
If I tried to do a suicide attempt the day before and the hospital released me yesterday and if I'm feeling like it again should I go back ?
Yes: Go right away to the nearest emergency room and tell them how you are feeling. Have a friend or relative take you if possible. Do not hesitate, you are important and deserve to feel better. ...Read more
How do I tell my therapist about my suicide attempt last week when I see her for my next session? I know I need to tell her but I worry I wont
Holding back: important information will not help therapy and only slow down the healing process. Draw upon your inner courage and it will help you make progress. Start by saying: "I want to tell you something." You can do it. Peace and good health. ...Read more
After a suicide attempt, I haven't slept through the night in years. I wake up 4 to 5 times a night. What can I do if I can't take any sleep meds?
Consider hypnosis: If you are concerned about insomnia you should learn about hypnotherapy. It is something anyone can learn, takes just a session or two and can cure insomnia without using medication at all. It also reduces stress. Find a qualified psychologist to help you learn how hypnosis can help. ...Read more
Therapist&shrink say purposely o.d.ing w drugs is suicide attempt. I say no cuz I'd take 20 more pills rather than 2. I like the risk. Who's right?
I understand your unhappiness with your therapist and shrink’s opinion.
Feel good about your achievements.
Feel Blessings of 3 Million air sacs in your lungs due to which you are alive. Life was given to you as a GIFT! Respect this gift of life.
Go to a National park and Feel the Wonders of Creation!
Have Spirit of Adventure, not risk taking.
See another Psychiatrist for Treatment ...Read more
Am so focused on past abuse lately, and why do I keep seeing my past suicide attempt... ...just got out of mental health unit. flashbacks & nightmare?
Don't face it alone: Find a provider specializing in treating patients with history of abuse. Follow up with your discharge plan/appointments from the hospital. Meanwhile, focus on the present, if flashback hits, try to focus on the 'now" environment rather than the past. Do relaxation, sleep hygiene, mindfulness. Stay med adherent to help manage your symptoms better. All the best! ...Read more
Would this make a lethal combination? Family suicide attempt.
6 lithium 450
3 300mg bupropione
5 Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg
Possibly: The likelihood of permanent harm is high, if not death then damage to vital organs directly from the medications (kidney failure from lithium, may require dialysis) or from the body's response to them. Suicide can have tragic consequences even when survived. There is always another option; in the US, call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or 911. UK: Samaritans at +44 (0) 8457 90 90 90. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the severity of the attempt, the response to medication, the number of previous attempts. Generally speaking a person should stay in the hospital after a suicide attempt until they are not a danger to themselves, and have an appropriate outpatient clinic and follow up to help them with their recovery. ...Read more
If a patient has a legal "dnr" and they need cpr after a suicide attempt, should I honor dnr and assist with suicide?
Consult Lawyer: There are so many tricky issues surrounding this subject - dnr laws vary from state to state (i didn't see which state you were inquiring about) but it's not something to take lightly, i would say play it safe and consult an attorney experienced in palliative care matters or forensic psychiatry (depending on the situation) on how to move forward with care while honoring elections made beforehand. ...Read more
I tried hanging myself due to depression yesterday, today i can't get a boner, could a failed suicide attempt cause ed?
Erections: Erections are more about mental health rather than physical health. Your poor brain is probably overloaded. There is no one on this website that wants to see you try to hang yourself again. Please please pause here. Please get some help. You can anonymously call the county crisis line where you live to get immediate help that can maybe change your life. Thank you for asking for help here. ...Read more
Do doctors "count" a suicide attempt if no medical help was provided and person survived? Like if the rope didn't hold or body threw up the pills.
That would be: considered an unsuccessful suicide attempt. See you suffer from depression & addiction. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support ...Read more
I have recurring depression, for 28 yrs w/attempts. The last 2 yrs have been worse w/a suicide attempt this yr. Meds work for a time, then stop. I've had approximately 40 bilat ect. I'm at a loss.
I am so sorry to : Hear about the pain you must be going through. If it has not been done already, please have a sleep study done because 20% of people with depression also have sleep apnea. Also, with that many episodes, and meds stopping, you should perhaps be treated like someone with bipolar disorder. Lithium should be tried to decrease suicidality. Hydroxyzine can decrease urge to harm. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more
I failed a suicide attempt in the past and am terrified the depression will return. How do I prevent it?
Ongoing treatment...: Keep working closely & openly with ur therapist & psychiatrist. Early detection of worsening mood is key. +talk to ur therapist about this "terrified" feeling; relaxation training will prove helpful. + let ur commitment be first & foremost to ur healing journey. If depression returns, use it as an indicator about where u're at & what to work on next to move to the next level in the healing journey. ...Read more
Can a person refuse surgery for a serious failed suicide attempt do to them not having the money to pay for surgery?
Touchy situation: You might think that you should have the right to refuse any treatment offered to you at any time. In the case of a suicide attempt, however, you could be deemed incompetent to make medical decisions. Two doctors could agree that you are a danger to yourself, commit you against your will, and make medical decisions "in your own best interest, " until you are once again deemed to be competent. ...Read more