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How can you tell the difference between a suicide attempt and a gesture?

How can you tell the difference between a suicide attempt and a gesture?

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

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Is cutting a sign of a true suicide attempt or just a gesture?

Is cutting a sign of a true suicide attempt or just a gesture?

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

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How do you tell the difference between a drug overdose from suicide attempt?

How do you tell the difference between a drug overdose from suicide attempt?

Same: Please make sure this very hurt person gets excellent treatment from a really good psychiatrist.
When? Tomorrow 9:00 am. ...Read more

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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 won't

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 won't

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

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What will a shrink do if I told them about a suicide attempt?

What will a shrink do if I told them about a suicide attempt?

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

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Is this suicide attempt or reckless behavior?

Is this suicide attempt or reckless behavior?

Both: As you give more specific history to the psychiatrist, believe me, you'll know. Best moulah you ever spent.
I be watchin, real close! ...Read more

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Does the army let people in with a suicide attempt on their medical records?

Does the army let people in with a suicide attempt on their medical records?

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

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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.

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

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If a patient has a legal "dnr" and they need cpr after a suicide attempt, should I honor dnr and assist with suicide?

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

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If a person swallows a fentanyl patch n suicide attempt but regrets it, what will happen at the hospital?

If a person swallows a fentanyl patch n suicide attempt but regrets it, what will happen at the hospital?

Effect of Fentanyl: After you go to hospital Fentanyl needs to be flushed out of your body. If you are not suppose to take drug than it may have serious effects. Your doctor can monitor you in hospital for the 36 hrs or till you are stabilized.
You will also need psychiatric help for your underlying depression! ...Read more

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How can I fake a suicide attempt so people will care?

How can I fake a suicide attempt so people will care?

Please don't: Please talk to your parents about how you are feeling. Is there a counselor at school? Better yet, working with a therapist can help to explore this and assist you to find better ways to get your needs met. Take care. ...Read more

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Could a failed suicide attempt have life long issues?

Could a failed suicide attempt have life long issues?

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

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Would a recent suicide attempt effect me in the future?

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

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How can you welcome someone home after a suicide attempt?

How can you welcome someone home after a suicide attempt?

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

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What is the procedure for someone after a suicide attempt?

What is the procedure for someone after a suicide attempt?

Suicide attempt: Protect patient from further harm & medically stabilize. Admission for medical care and psychiatric treatment is often indicated. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a failed helium suicide attempt?

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

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Do I have the legal right to refuse treatment after a suicide attempt?

Do I have the legal right to refuse treatment after a suicide attempt?

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

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Would you be allowed to refuse medical treatment after a suicide attempt?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Drug Dependence: 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

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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?

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

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Would this make a lethal combination? Family suicide attempt. 30 trazodon 4 quetapine 6 lithium 450 4 lorax 3 300mg bupropione 5 Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg

Would this make a lethal combination? Family suicide attempt. 30 trazodon 4 quetapine 6 lithium 450 4 lorax 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

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Docs, usually how long is one kept in hospital after a suicide attempt?

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

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How could a uk hospital deal with a suicide attempt?

How could a uk hospital deal with a suicide attempt?

Any hospital can: Deal w/suicide attempt. The important thing is to get good after-care. This would include seeing a mental health professional. Please don't consider the matter over with when the person leaves the hospital. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I tried hanging myself due to depression yesterday, today I can't get a boner, could a failed suicide attempt cause ed?

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

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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

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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 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