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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 suffering he is experiencing.

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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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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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Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts (Tip)

Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

If thoughts of suicide become overwhelming, please call 911 or lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. ...See more

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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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Depression (Tip)

Depression

We don't often think about suicide when we aren't depressed. Get help if you're thinking about this. ...See 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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2 years ago i ate a few ful packets of antibiotics for a suicide atempt .Recently after a blood test my liver enzyme level came back high.Am i at risk?

2 years ago i ate a few ful packets of antibiotics for a suicide atempt .Recently after a blood test my liver enzyme level came back high.Am i at risk?

Not the cause: I'm very glad that your attempt failed. I'll bet you are too -- because if you did not cherish life, you wouldn't have written. Your elevated liver enzymes may be anything from a treatable illness such as Wilson's or a medication allergy to your body's request for more aerobic exercise. Your physician will be your guide here -- and when it's managed, maybe your spirits will be even better. ...Read more

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Elder care (Tip)

Elder care

Greatest risk of suicide is elder men and young men. Elder men who lost their wives at great risk. ...See 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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