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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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Suicide (Overview)

Suicide is self-murder.


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What should I do if my friend said they wanted to commit suicide?

What should I do if my friend said they wanted to commit suicide?

911: They should seek medical attention immediately at the nearest emergency room. Most states have procedures whereby emergency room physicians can obtain immediate psychiatric consultations or hold patients who are an imminent danger to themselves until they can be admitted to acute psychiatric facilities. If a person is unwilling to seek help, most states also have provisions for protective custody. ...Read more

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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Suicide (Overview)

Suicide is self-murder.


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Is having thoughts of suicide a symptom of menopause?

Is having thoughts of suicide a symptom of menopause?

Not directly: Having thoughts of suicide can happen with severe depression, as well as some other psychiatric conditions. Women going through menopause may experience depression. If you are having these thoughts, please see your physician, go to an er, call 911, or the help line at 1-800-273-talk (8255) -- there is help and hope. ...Read more

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Suicide (Tip)

Think of your love ones who would suffer if you committed suicide, so take care of others so they can take care of you. ...See more

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What are the symptoms of suicide/suicidal behavior?

What are the symptoms of suicide/suicidal behavior?

Withdrawing?: What makes suicide so treacherous is that the person often withdraws and is less likely to be noticed by others. If you know of a child or teen who's being abused (usually at home, less often at school or social media), tell someone who's got some clout. I'm a pathologist; the common trigger of a youngster's suicide is a parent tell him he's worthless. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son or daughter is thinking about suicide, are there some common signs?

How can I tell if my son or daughter is thinking about suicide, are there some common signs?

Warning Signs: Some warning signs of suicide include, but are not limited to, talking about death &/or suicide, prior attempt at suicide, depression signs, feeling hopeless, withdrawal from family & friends, giving away prized possessions, losing interest in things they use to like, increase drug/alcohol use etc. Educating yourself on these and other warning signs of suicide cannot be stressed enough. ...Read more

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As a christian, if i'm diagnosed with cancer and choose not to seek treatment is that suicide?

As a christian, if i'm diagnosed with cancer and choose not to seek treatment is that suicide?

We are given choices: One of the most important choices is what we do with our lives. Unfortunately most folks do not think about it until it is right in front of them. At that point there may not have been much thought put into it and at times we have no choice at all. To make the choice we need faith, family , friends and if medical, our physician.Trust your sources and you will make a right moral and ethical choice. ...Read more

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How do I contact social services for a suicide watch for someone I know?

How do I contact social services for a suicide watch for someone I know?

You can't: Social services do not provide suicide watch. If someone is seriously suicidal, the only safe place is a hospital. Call a local psych hospital for more information. ...Read more

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Why does being different cause suicide? Is nature weeding out the undesirables...

Sad: Being different can be a cause for celebration. But if a person feels that they are so different that they don't belong, that they can't connect with others - that can lead to despair & feeling very alone. Some people feel ashamed of the ways that they perceive they are different. Some of the most wonderful people I have ever met have experienced suicidal thoughts at some point in life. ...Read more

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Im 31 weeks pregnant and keep having dreams about committing suicide but i don't feel depressed. Could this mean I have pregnancy depression?

Im 31 weeks pregnant and keep having dreams about committing suicide but i don't feel depressed. Could this mean I have pregnancy depression?

Possibly: Please tell your OB doctor about this, so that your medical team can be aware. Are there concerns you have about being pregnant, or about the father, etc? Have you had depression before you became pregnant? Depression can develop over several months, and hopefully this will not worsen for you. Starting by talking with your doctor would be a good step. ...Read more

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How to treat someone who tried to commit suicide?

How to treat someone who tried to commit suicide?

Emergency evaluation: Someone who tried to commit suicide needs to be seen in an emergency room to be treated first for any damage caused by their attempt. Once medically stable they need psychiatric evaluation to review the crisis leading to the attempt, and whether inpatient treatment is needed. The person may be hospitalized for more reliable diagnosis, and a start at treating the underlying problem. ...Read more

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Is it severe if I have OCD, major depression disorder treated with Lorazepam and Prozac (fluoxetine) and I'm cutting myself and thinking about suicide?

Get help now.: This is serious.If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services & they can provide transport. You can call the National Suicide hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. Consider dialectica Behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Could refusing medical treatment be considered suicide?

Could refusing medical treatment be considered suicide?

Maybe: Everyday, many people with terminal illness refuse treatment to be allowed to die "naturally" - this is part of compassionate and palliative care. However if you refuse urgent life saving treatment because you really wish to die then this maybe a form of suicide. ...Read more

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I suffer severe mental illness some time ago, and I can not cure and i'm thinking about committing suicide because of my suffering can I make me crazy?

I suffer severe mental illness some time ago, and I can not cure
and i'm thinking about committing suicide because of my suffering can I make me crazy?

Find help ASAP: If you had a mental illness before, and got better, you need to reevaluated what worked, what stopped working, rehearse things that you already know that were adaptive. Find a therapist to help you with that. If you feel, you can't control your symptoms, call suicide prevention: 1-800-273-talk (8255) or 911. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. ...Read more

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Feel like i wanna end my life how can i get rid of these feelings?

Feel like i wanna end my life how can i get rid of these feelings?

411: suicide hotline: That is a distressing symptom that many people have had—and recovered from. Call 411 and ask for "Suicide Hotline." That will help right now. Depression is treatable. Life will become worth living again. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get away from everything without drugs, alcohol, or suicide?

Can you suggest how to get away from everything without drugs, alcohol, or suicide?

Healthy habits: Take a break in your mind. Learn to meditate, listen to calming music, or to guided imagery. Take a walk in nature. Start aerobic exercise. Look to a spiritual power and pray for release. It depends on what works best for you. Try these out to see how it makes you feel. The key is to be 'addicted' to this positive activity instead, so that the urge is to turn to this activity when stressed. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which is the most effective sleeping pill for suicide?

Any suggestions on which is the most effective sleeping pill for suicide?

You know that we: Can't help you to commit suicide. But we can encourage you to get help. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself now, please be seen at the nearest emergency room asap. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services ; they can provide transport. When a person is depressed they often feel despair ; come to believe that things can't get better. ...Read more

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When i suggest asking for help my admitted to attempting suicide friend gets heavly offended and stops repling which makes me nervous?

When i suggest asking for help my admitted to attempting suicide friend gets heavly offended and stops repling which makes me nervous?

Understand: If your friend previously (long-past) attempted suicide but is now better - risk is likely lower. However, if your friend is still troubled that is worrisome. Let your friend know s/he 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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Can suicide/ depression run in the family?

Can suicide/ depression  run in the family?

Sure: Bipolar & depression are often seen across generations, suggesting a genetic basis. But, families also behaviorally "inherit" coping skills & levels of "differentiation" from prior generations. A person w/ mood problems may be attracted to & marry a person w/ mood problems (same level of differentiation), enhancing the chances that their children will have mood probs. Makes it look all genetic! ...Read more

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Does ADHD medication increase the risk of suicide in young children?

No: None of the standard medications for adhd are associated with suicidality in young children. Atomoxetine (strattera) has been associated with a slight increase in suicidation in adolescents and adults, however. Any time a new medication is started the parents or the patient should be in close contact with the doctor, communicating any concern that arises. ...Read more

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