Categories: Psychology

Suicidal thoughts: How to deal with them?

Having suicidal thoughts is not uncommon. These kinds of negative thoughts occur to a majority of people at some point in their lives. When it does, it has a significantly different impact on people depending on their relationships, socio-economic background, their ability to cope with stress and a lot of other factors.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, remember, that the environment or the chain of events triggering this response is temporary and loss of life is permanent. It is imperative to seek timely medical help and treatment from a doctor. Your inability to cope with these thoughts could be due to certain neurotransmitters or negative thought patterns. A psychiatrist can offer therapy and other therapeutic approaches to help correct negative thought patterns and can prescribe medication to correct the imbalances of a hormonal nature. These thoughts and associated depression and anxiety can be treated just like any other disease. They are not any sign of inherent weakness, they are simply a manifestation of illness which if treated in a timely manner will subside.

People who are the most prone to suicidal thoughts and committing suicides are teenagers, men above the age of 45. That said, the frequency of having more suicidal thoughts is more significant in women than in men.

Here are a few factors that have triggered men & women, and boys & girls to having suicidal thoughts:

  • Substance abuse
  • teen pregnancy
  • Stillbirths
  • Alcoholism
  • Physical and sexual abuse as a kid
  • Inability to cope up with the pressure to perform at school and work
  • Low levels of job satisfaction
  • Lack of socio-economic stability
  • Being diagnosed with terminal conditions like cancer, HIV, and AIDS
  • Being exposed to suicidal behaviour
  • Suicidal family history

How to deal with suicidal thoughts?

Dealing with suicidal thoughts can be challenging. That said, it is not impossible. Always remember that the situation that you are in that is luring you to think in this direction is temporary and the loss of your death will have a permanent and lasting effect on you and the people around you. To ensure that you do not give in to these thoughts in your weak moments, follow these steps. They are:

Dispose of any lethal weapons:

You may be at risk if you have access to any weapons or tools that have the potential to end life. In this difficult phase, ensure that you dispose of your guns, knives, power tools, and anything else you think you could use to end your life. Remember to dispose of any dangerous pills or potions that you have, which are lethal when used under no supervision.

Say no to drugs and alcohol:

Drugs and alcohol tend to amplify the feeling and staying away from these is the best thing to do when you are trying to deal with suicidal thoughts. These could also trigger a few emotions or moments that could render you powerless against your mind.

Get help:

You don’t have to deal with these suicidal thoughts alone. Get help by either talking to people with medical training or confide your thoughts with close friends or family members. They will hear you and give you a reason to hold on to life. Also, you must realize that the situation you are in is temporary and life is permanent. When you are undergoing this process of getting help, understand that this process takes time. Don’t get flushed or succumb to panic attacks thinking that it is not working. Give it time and see yourself get out of this phase.

Identify your triggers:

Identifying your triggers is important because once you have done this, you can be prepared for the chain of events that would follow after you are triggered. Consult your psychiatrist or therapist to get help in identifying your triggers and build solutions that could help you ride that wave of anxiety.

Take the medication prescribed by your doctor:

Relying on antidepressants have helped thousands of people cope with their suicidal thoughts and have helped them deal with them. It is advised to get medical help when changing the prescription or dosage for antidepressants.

Dr. Swapna B, Consultant – Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology, Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, HSR Layout, Bangalore

Narayana Health

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