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Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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What are suicidal ideation?

What are suicidal ideation?

Suicidal ideation: The thought of killing oneself.

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Dr. James Lin
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Thoughts Of Suicide (Definition)

Any thoughts about killing or hurting oneself should be treated seriously, The first step is to see a mental health professional immediately. I f that can't be arranged right away , one should go to the ER or Urgent Care. SOme people have such thoughts but don't act on them but you need to have a professional evaluate you and the thoughts and work out a ...Read more


Dr. Cyma Khalily Dr. Khalily
Psychiatry
31 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Does suicidal ideation require hospitalization?

Does suicidal ideation require hospitalization?

DEPENDS: It really depends on a lot of factors. So not everyone that says that they are having suicidal thoughts will automatically get hospitalized. There are thoughts and then there is a distinct plan with the means to carry it out. If there is a plan or an inability to feel safe with oneself then the person should be hospitalized. Speak to your doctor and get help. Be safe! ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What is the meaning by morbid suicidal ideation?

What is the meaning by morbid suicidal ideation?

Suicidal Ideation: "morbid" means a gloomy, grisly or unhealthy attitude. "suicidal ideation" means thinking of killing one's self. Sometimes depression leads people to recurrently obsess about such things; it usually indicates extreme suffering. If this describes you, please see a psychiatrist so you can get help. If you have plans to act on these ideas, please be seen emergently. Help is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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What is considered suicidal ideation? Does having a plan count?

Get help!: It's good this child has someone like you who cares! If they have a plan, I hope you are able to get them to a secure, safe place (Hospital ER) ASAP. Even w/o a plan, if they want to die, they need to be in seriously good intensive supportive treatment - not just pills or infreq contact. If they only 'think about it', it's less of a crisis - but why take chances? Get help w/ the help you give! ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry Dr. Berry
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can i get in the military with with a suicidal ideation on my medical record?

Can i get in the military with with a suicidal ideation on my medical record?

Likely not: A serious suicide attempt can be indicative of major depression, which, if diagnosed can be a major impediment to being allowed to serve. ...Read more

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Dr. David Roth Dr. Roth
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
20 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Are there any actual medications that will reduce someone's suicidal ideation?

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I used dxm recreationally 7/19 and 7/20 for the first (and second) times. Can this cause suicidal ideation? Last taken >12 hours ago.

I used dxm recreationally 7/19 and 7/20 for the first (and second) times. Can this cause suicidal ideation? Last taken >12 hours ago.

Dextromethorphan: Used over the cough-suppressant doses on the label, this substance can produce psychosis, hallucination, and a dissociative state similar to ketamine. In some it leads to euphoria, but others may experience the opposite with more impaired judgment and mental function, nausea, vomiting, etc. I don't know if what you took was mixed w/others. If suicidal, get help now. Call 911 or go to an er. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster Dr. Foster
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I want to know if can topiramate cause suicidal ideation and why.

I want to know if can topiramate cause suicidal ideation and why.

Med side effect?: Depression is a side effect of topiramate. See prescribing doctor right away to review and consider stopping this med. You may benefit from an antidepressant for preexisting Major depression, which makes you more likely to have this topiramate side effect. For suicidal thoughts, go to urgent care or ER if you can't see doctor right away. See impt. safety info: http://www.topamax.com/tools-resources--safety-information.html Stay safe. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What should you expect if you go to the hospital for suicidal ideation?

What should you expect if you go to the hospital for suicidal ideation?

Evaluation: Different hospitals vary, but all should take your history and review your thoughts and/or plans for suicide. They should screen for ongoing depression, medication & drug use, and other conditions associated with suicidal thinking. In some hospitals, the er physician does this; in others, a psychiatrist or other mental health professional might be called. If needed, admission will be advised. ...Read more

Dr. Jonathan Nehrer Dr. Nehrer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
32 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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What are the first steps after realizing you are experiencing suicidal ideation?

What are the first steps after realizing you are experiencing suicidal ideation?

First you have to: Realize that you are thinking negatively and thinking about death. Second you should seek help from a counselor. Find help to cope with the stress in your life. Then find better solutions to the problems. Find alternatives to what frustrates you. ...Read more

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff Dr. Itzkoff
Psychiatry
14 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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If a hospital pt has suicidal ideation & is on good terms with other family members, would someone in the family normally be informed of the problem?

In the US, this wld: Not occur without the patients written consent to disclose psychiatric information. In Australia, the laws may be different. ...Read more

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Dr. Cynthia Rector Dr. Rector
Psychiatry
25 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Can someone be hospitalized for self-harm and suicidal ideation?

Can someone be hospitalized for self-harm and suicidal ideation?

Yes: Yes they can if they are unable to keep themselves safe at home. I would encourage you to talk to your family or someone who can help you make a safety plan. Here is the number for a national suicide chat line: 1 (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ...Read more

Dr. Christopher Conti Dr. Conti
Emergency Medicine
years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Would it be rare for bystolic (nebivolol) or atenenol to cause suicidal ideation?

SIDE EFFECTS: Depression & suicidal thoughts have been reported with this medication. If you have specific concerns or are experiencing and these or any other symptoms, you should communicate with the prescribing doctor promptly. ...Read more

Dr. Simant Shah Dr. Shah
Emergency Medicine
8 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Why do ERs automatically place you on an involuntary hold when you seek inpatient care for suicidal ideation prior to attempting to harm yourself?

Why do ERs automatically place you on an involuntary hold when you seek inpatient care for suicidal ideation prior to attempting to harm yourself?

Your saftey: Hi we do this for your saftey. As ER physicians we are obligated to make sure you do not harm yourself. The very thought of killing yourself triggers the invol hold. Then a crisis worker or psychiatrist needs to evalute you and your risk factor and a decision is then made. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Depression. Early child-40yo. Mod to severe, suicidal ideation. No luck with too MANY meds. Hospitalized x 4. Pretending recovery. What now? Hopeless

Depression. Early child-40yo. Mod to severe, suicidal ideation. No luck with too MANY meds. Hospitalized  x 4. Pretending recovery. What now? Hopeless

Complex: Cannot give you an answer to an open question on this limited platform, please seek help from whomever health professional you trust ASAP, goodluck ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How would you treat a patient with fibromyagia who is either allergic to all meds used to treat it or has suicidal ideation's with tricyclic ad's?

How would you treat a patient with fibromyagia who is either allergic to all meds used to treat it or has suicidal ideation's with tricyclic ad's?

Homeopathy: If there has been this much sensitivity to pharmaceutical medications, i would suggest an assessment to see whether classical homeopathy might be of use. Some controlled studies show benefit, including http://tinyurl.Com/mh5byko the homeopath must be experienced to take the case ;select appropriate homeopathic medicines. Also acupuncture, nutritional interventions, and exercise can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Widowed x 7y. 7 children. Hosp. For suicidal ideation 4x. In therapy for 7 y. Still in so much pain. So angry! Lost all friends after. What to do?

Widowed x 7y. 7 children. Hosp. For suicidal ideation 4x. In therapy for 7 y. Still in so much pain. So angry! Lost all friends after. What to do?

It can be so hard...: This sounds very sad and you need to find better help which can be a challenge. But please don't give up. Try new therapists until you find one you trust. Also seek support from clergy or another type of community activity or 12-step or PWP group. You don't list your medications or procedures but there may be help available from a new doctor/therapist - keep trying! ...Read more

Dr. Matt Wachsman Dr. Wachsman
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Can tegretol or klonopin (clonazepam) cause suicidal ideation /just strange thoughts even at low doses?

Can tegretol or klonopin (clonazepam) cause suicidal ideation /just strange thoughts even at low doses?

Klonopin (clonazepam): especially can cause changes in mentation (it is a sedative). Tegretol, a non-habit-forming anti-epileptic is less likely to do this, but it does change brain function. There is not a lot of difference between tegretol doses that are effective and those that cause side effects (sluggish thinking, and many other side effects). ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Do doctors have a low opinion and respect for patients they may have to detain to a hospital because of .suicidal ideation. ?

Do doctors have a low opinion and respect for patients they may have to detain to a hospital because of .suicidal  ideation. ?

Doctors have: opinions and feelings like anyone else but they try hard not to judge. Most are compassionate and understanding and simply want the very best for their patients. Above all, do not let the judgments of others, real or imagined. shape your life. Do your best to make healthy choices to stay alive and well and rise above what others think. Listen to friends and family and utilize their feedback. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster Dr. Foster
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Re: a severely depressed person with constant suicidal ideation, a plan, and multiple means of high lethality, what does a "grave" prognosis mean?

Re: a severely depressed person with constant suicidal ideation, a plan, and multiple means of high lethality, what does a "grave" prognosis mean?

Get person to ER: This person needs to be seen in the ER asap and hospitalized for suicidal high risk. This person should not be left alone. All obvious means of self-harm (pills, alcohol, drugs, any weapons, sharp objects etc) should be removed and made inaccessible. Call 911 if necessary. This person as described meets criteria for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. ...Read more

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