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What Are The Ways One Can Commit Suicide Painlessly If Terminally Ill
Please explain why is pneumonia considered a blessing of a peaceful death for one with a terminal illness?
Is 90 mg (w/ crown royal) of clonazepam enough to overdose a 260 lb woman? My mum is trying to commit suicide again and I can't get help, because if I do no one will take care of me and my two younger brothers. I have her sleeping, her air ways are clear,
CALL: Call 911! if I knew where you were, I would have called them by now myself! Your mum is at severe, extreme risk of death - especially if she falls asleep! Please do not hesitate any longer! The most common cause of death in that kind of overdose is the person falls asleep and stops breathing - game over! She is also at extreme risk of vomitting in her sleep, and choking to death on the vomit! Do you really want your mum to die that way, right in front of your eyes?!? Please, call 911 now! If you need help caring for your self and your brothers, the social worker at the hospital can help you with that. Having survived an overdose before does not mean she won't die this time! She is at extremely high risk of death! ...Read more
Situations do differ: Assisted-dying is not illegal in about 5 states in the U.S., so if an adult there has a terminal illness, or is in a comparably bad situation, she has the right as a free American to choose her own destiny. However, many people become suicidal for other reasons, which are often temporary (breaking up with a loved one, loss of a job, etc...), so calling 911 to save them gives them a second chance. ...Read more
Recently had a family member commit suicide by shooting himself in the temple. Was death quick and painless?
So sorry for the: Trauma you and your family are going through. Almost certainly it was a quick and painless death. If you need a little emotional support consider a few sessions w/a grief counselor. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Assisted suicide: Not here, no.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why do we try so hard to prevent suicide? We all die eventually and no one should be forced to live.
Suicide: Suicide is often the cause of depression and other brain illnesses. Suicide causes the obvious loss of life, and also creates suffering, guilt, and sadness among those 'left behind'. It is not about forcing one to live, it is about treating an illness that makes individuals think of suicide. Suicide is harmful for the person that attempts or commits suicide and everyone who knows them. ...Read more
Expert opinion - should overdosing on pain relievers make someone feel no pain when committing suicide?
Is it common after a death of a loved one (spouse) from suicide to continue to have nightmares several months later pop up?
GRIEF REACTION: It is a sign of grieving and loss compounded by the traumatic circumstances. Not knowing the details to elaborate, it sounds like a more serious pathological grief reaction with associated ptsd. The nightmares suggest this more complicated situation. Talk to your md and request a referral to a psychiatrist for an evaluation. You need not suffer. I'm sorry for your loss. ...Read more
Prescribed one 40mg per day. I started taking two per day w/o dr. Permission. Now, I'm thinking three a day. Suicide thoughts reoccurring?
STOP: I'm assuming you are talking about increasing on your own anti-depressants you should never do, the resulting symptoms of suicide often times is from an adverse effect from the drug, never increase any drug on your own go back to taking your normal prescribed dose and talk with your doctor. ...Read more
Stages of grief when dealing with a suicude of a loved one? My best friends husband commited suicide on 10/1/12. She's shutting me out per say.
Grief stages: The kübler-ross model, commonly known as the five stages of grief, includes denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This applies to suicides as well as other types of loss. But people vary: these stages don't always happen, or happen in this order. Be available (but not intrusive) to your friend. Grief counseling may help if she's open to it. ...Read more
Delicate situation: Some people have diagnoses for which they do not want to be treated because available treatments provide little benefit. However, this decision should not be made without focused discussions with their physicians, and weighing possible outcomes carefully. People can be depressed ; give up, even though treatment has high likelihood of success. If this is the case, it could be like suicide. ...Read more
About Compassion: While some ppl who commit suicide may have suffered from psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions &/o other forms of distorted perceptions/thoughts) most have not. They're just' human beings who come 2feel a terrible sense of hopelessness, despair &/or shame...Who come 2 believe there's no way out. Ur doc was evidently suffering. But s/he may have helped many despite own personal struggles. ...Read more
One of my classmates committed suicide. If the web says that 97% of suicide attempts fail, how was he able to get it right on the first try?
Lethality of attempt: Per your statistics, 3% succeed, and unfortunately your friend was one of those. Suicide attempts vary widely in both lethal intent and lethality of method. Overdoses with some pills may cause only prolonged sleep, while overdoses with others (especially if mixed with alcohol) are rapidly fatal. Jumping, firearms, and hanging are highly lethal methods, more likely to succeed on the first try. ...Read more
How do I just get over this? One of my friends shot himself in the head and committed suicide. What could have done to help. I feel hopeless to help
Counseling, time &..: My condolences. When someone commits suicide it's common for friends & family to feel partly responsible but usually the departed was very depressed & it has little to do with others. I don't know if you or anyone could have helped if your friend didn't ask for help. Seeing a grief counselor or attending a support group can help. The passage of time will help-acute grief lasts about a year. See comment. ...Read more
One time molestation on 5 year old does not know what happened was wrong. Perpetrator who engaged in "oral" committed suicide. Which therapy for kid?
In your area there is an adult and child guidance center that can be a resource. It is located at
8010 ridge road
henrico, va 23229
phone: (804) 673-8933
an experienced child psychologist can guide a child through a healthy understanding of what happened and might avoid later difficulties. I'd advise that you let them know the full legal history. I hope the child and you feel safe and get help. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the severity of the attempt, the response to medication, the number of previous attempts. Generally speaking a person should stay in the hospital after a suicide attempt until they are not a danger to themselves, and have an appropriate outpatient clinic and follow up to help them with their recovery. ...Read more
I have started self harming (cutting) and suicide is always on my mind (i tried to overdose one day but didn't work). What should I do, kind of worried?
There is hope.: Wendyjohns55 thank you for reaching out. Your problem is serious and it is important that you get immediate help. You can go to the nearest er for an evaluation. Call your doctor or therapist. Call 911 if you think you might harm yourself. Remember there is another solution to any problem. Suicide is a closed option. If it is a mistake you can never go back. You deserve to be helped. Take care. ...Read more
Is suicide/ thoughts of less common with wellbutrin (bupropion) or chanix? What if one lives alone, none to observe any changes?
Pretty Low Risk: Suicidal thoughts are a rare effect of both these medicines. I do not believe the risk is that much different between the two. However, the possibility of this side effect is low with both. You might want to let a few people know that you are starting on a new medication and to let you know if they observe you behaving in an unusual manner or having increased moodiness. Again, the risk is low. ...Read more
What to do if I hear a voice in my head when I get upset or angry and it makes me self harm and one time I tried to suicide?
See a psychologist: You should get evaluated. Schedule an appointment with a psychologist for an evaluation. Therapy and/or medication will help if in fact you are depressed and/or psychotic. Make sure you talk about your symptoms and not a diagnostic label. You will need to see a psychiatrist as well to help with the auditory hallucinations. Find a clinic with a multi-disciplinary team. ...Read more
No: There are a variety of conditions that can occur with hydrocephalus from severe to not noticeable at all. Depending on the type and severity, a surgical procedure referred to as a vp shunt can be placed. This allows the extra fluid to be reabsorbed from the abdominal area. This has been very successful although complications with infections can crop up. ...Read more
Depends: There are many ways of managing secretions in the terminally ill. Most good hospice companies are well prepared to manage all symptoms. Suction is one option, but it's not always the best. ...Read more
It depends on the form it is given as (iv, oral, extended release oral) as well as the kidney function of the patient.
For immediate release morphine the half life (time for body to clear half) is 2-4 hours. With normal kidney function that means the parent drug (not metabolite) is gone in 8-16 hours) if the kidneys are working. Longer to much longer if they are not. ...Read more
Complex question: An overdose of morphine can cause death in anyone, not just the terminally ill. Morphine is often used to ease the suffering and pain of the terminally ill. It is not unusual for someone who is terminally ill to finally be comfortable and at peace with their pain medicine and they pass. This does not mean the morphine was the cause of their death. ...Read more
Depends on age:
It depends on age and overall health of the patient.
Life is mortal.
Learn to accept death with dignity ...Read more
It can. Super rare.:
Principle of Double effect.
the nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral;
the agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself;
the good effect outweighs the bad effect in circumstances sufficiently grave to justify causing the bad effect and the agent exercises due diligence to minimize the harm.
It rarely happens. ...Read more
Because of HAART: Hiv/aids is no longer felt to be a terminal illness if detected early enough and if a person takes highly active antiretroviral therapy, or haart. People with HIV can now live close to a normal lifespan if they take care of themselves and continue haart, which will help to restore their damaged immune system. However, there are still a few people who die from hiv/aids if disease is too advanced. ...Read more
What is the right words to say to a friend who just got to known that her son, (2 Years old) is terminally ill?
Bad news: Tell your friend you are there for her and that she can know you will help her out when needed ...Read more
Mortality: It is best to have a good support group of friends and family to help. There are several very good books that have been written to help people through the various stages of mortality. Additionally, professional counseling is always a good idea. If you are referring to dealing with the physical pain and discomfort sometimes accompanying terminal illness then that is a different story. God bless. ...Read more
You decide: Since I enjoy good physical and mental health, I have never felt it was my business to force my upbeat attitude onto someone who doesn't. I don't think this is what you mean, either. Experience has taught me that at the end, cool kindness, real physical help, being nonjudgmental, listening, doing what you can to make closure possible / prepare for what may be next are far more helpful. Cheers. ...Read more
Does having a "strong will to live" decrease someone's probability of dying from a terminal illness?
Terminal illness and husband self destructing, emotionally hurting 3 teenage daughters. Advice please, I'm desperate?
In tough spot!: Consider seeing an acupuncturist and chinese medicine practitioner for the one with the terminal illness. It is amazing what can happen. The girls and father need counseling! he may be hurting so badly that he is taking it out on those he loves and does not see the damage he is causing. Our prayers are with you. Talk to your church pastor if you go and have one... ...Read more
I'm so anxious about being told I have Barretts. Feel like I have a terminal illness and it's only a matter of time. Please help! ?
This related to the acid reflux you have into your esophagus. There is treatment if you have not been taking this. You will need surveillance for this however you are not dying so : Watch what you eat, stop smoking if you do, reduce or stop the alcohol, reduce the caffeine and follow the docs instruction.
Best wishes ...Read more
I'm 16 and I think I suffer from axiety but I alway worry that I have a terminal illness as well. I often mistake my axiety for other illnesses?
Terminally ill: Physicians help to keep them comfortable while allowing them to die with dignity. ...Read more
Heroin does not come under the usefulness of medicines, approved in our country.
There are other medicines we use to comfort the last moments of life.
Heroin as such, has no medical use in our country. ...Read more
Is hoping that I am run over by a car or have terminal illness even though I don't engage in destructive behavior a sign of mental illness?
Please, get help: These thoughts you're having could well indicate depression or other mental condition that will worsen without help. They are not indicative of health, for sure. You're hoping for things that will kill you sooner rather than later. Please see your doctor or a psychiatrist immediately for evaluation, so that you can start receiving help. Or call suicide lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255. ...Read more
Standard of care for terminally ill patients is the standard of care permitted to be lowered for terminally ill, bedridden patients? Thank you for your responses. Dnr and comfort care were not requested, in fact, we asked that they do their best [in the
Hello.: Hello. It shouldn't be. If anything, these patients may have more needs because of how they have been limited by their illness. ...Read more
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