What are Suicidal Ideations?

Suicidal ideations mean desiring to take one's own life or thinking about committing suicide. It is not any mental illness, but is considered to be a symptom of several severe illnesses. The range of suicide risks changes from person to person; one might have done detailed planning, whereas the other will think of fleeting.

Many individuals have suicidal thoughts, and it's a major risk factor as they sometimes try to make suicide attempts. There is a sudden rise in suicide cases, and with people who have a mental illness, it's even more higher. Suicidal thoughts are common among teenagers and adults. Suicidal ideation is a symptom of major depression and bipolar disorder.

Symptoms:

  • Feeling trapped or hopeless
  • Disrupted routine and sleeping pattern
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Constantly talking about suicide
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Developing personality changes
  • Agitation or anxiousness
  • Withdrawing from social contact

Types of Suicidal Ideations:

  • Active suicidal ideation: In this case, the individual has full intent to commit suicide, and they are planning on how to do it.
  • Passive suicidal ideation: It happens when a person wishes to be dead or wants to die, but they don't have any plans of committing suicide.

Causes:

For preventing the attempt to suicide, It's important to understand the major cause of suicidal thoughts. Through paying attention to the stressors in a person's life, one can definitely avoid the risk of suicide. Here are some common causes behind a person attempting to commit suicide:

  • The sudden death of a closed family member, or close friend; causing a person to commit suicide. It's common in the case of teenagers.
  • A history of suicide in the family
  • The person can be a victim of bullying, sexual, mental, or physical abuse, violence, humiliation, which can lead them to think of suicide as an escape option
  • A record of severe chronic illness or pain leading to exhaustion to end their problems
  • Reputation getting severely damaged due to workplace harassment, divorce, breakup, or any other related causes

Treatment:

There is not any medication available for preventing suicide. However, the symptoms of suicide include depression and anxiety, and anti-depressants can control these.

However, the most effective therapies for Suicidal Ideations are:
EFT, CBT, REBT, Client-centered Therapy

Self-help tips for preventing Suicidal Ideations:

There will be times when you might think of attempting suicide, but eventually, you can overcome the thought with the right approach. Here are some coping techniques that have helped a lot of survivors to date.

  • Be kind to yourself: It doesn't mean that you will stay broken throughout your life. There are moments when you might find yourself all alone, and everything will seem painful. It is surely quite difficult to cope with these all alone; hence you can take help from your closest friend. Try talking to yourself like a best friend, and hunt the good stuff, instead of focusing on negativities. Meditation and exercising are also beneficial for relaxing tensed muscles and releasing negative thoughts.
  • Find your comfort group: It's essential to be in a group surrounded with positivity to prevent suicidal thoughts, because it gets easier to recognize emotional warning signs. Moreover, many people feel calmer and happier, even if they were feeling down for a long time.
  • Fight the risk factors: Often, a person tries to attempt suicide because of several life events that might have happened in the past. And if you know better what is triggering you of what are the main stressors, then you can easily prevent yourself from suicidal ideations. Be alert of your way of talking; if you feel burdensome, and you are not able to get over the thoughts of suicide, try finding out the symptoms.
  • If you doubt, reach out: Just after you have got to know your warning signs and symptoms, and you feel more depressed and anxious than before, it's the time to reach out. Talk to your friends about your problems, or your close family member, and let them know your mental condition. It's difficult at first to open up, but when you do it, you will feel much relieved.
  • Take the right action: Most of the time, suicide happens because of the victim's ignorance and the people's ignorance around them. In such cases, both individuals must take care of the mental state in the right way. Instead of talking or asking about emotions to the other person, try noticing it. If you feel like attempting suicide, then speak to a person, who cares, like a therapist!

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