Depression is a constantly changing condition and the depression symptoms you may feel one day may be different from those you’ve felt another. Something to be particularly aware of and responsive to is suicide and suicidal thoughts (also known as suicidal ideation). Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of 44,965 people each year. If you struggle with thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone. Many people have passing thoughts of death however if thoughts have become more persistent, or if a suicide plan has been made, it’s very important to get help at once.
Most people who are feeling suicidal or who have attempted suicide don’t actually wish to die but are instead reaching out for help or simply looking for a way to stop the pain they’re currently feeling. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness can quickly become overwhelming and having suicidal thoughts does not make one “bad”, “weak”, or “wrong”. It simply means that one’s stressors have exceeded their coping skills. Everyone needs a hand from time to time. If you are contemplating suicide or experiencing suicidal ideation, it’s important that you reach out for suicide help immediately.
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In children and teens, suicidal ideation may include a preoccupation with death or coincide with a recent breakup of a relationship or loss. In adults, suicidal thoughts may be indicated by substance abuse or a change in the way they consume alcohol, a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors, and may be triggered by recent job loss, relationship change, or divorce. In older adults, the death of a partner or diagnosis of a life-limiting illness may bring about suicidal ideation.
Risk factors for suicide are increased when other conditions are concurrent, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety so it’s important to remain in tune with ourselves or our loved ones when experiencing these symptoms. Suicide help is always close by and readily accessible from Chicago Behavioral Hospital, a safe place where people will listen to you. You can receive a free assessment any time of day or night and on any day of the week. You are never alone and we’re always eager to help. It’s important to know that with caring, effective treatment, individuals who have struggled with suicidal thoughts are able to move through their darkness, gain coping mechanisms, and enjoy contented lives of purpose and value.