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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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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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Suicide (Definition)

Suicide is an action in which a person intentionally causes his own death. Suicide more commonly occurs in persons suffering from depression or other mental illnesses, where a person may feel hopeless and see suicide as a way to escape the real or perceived overwhelming problems and ...Read more


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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