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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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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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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 wont

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

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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