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Causes Of Suicide And How To Save Yourself Or Loved Ones

Suicide, taking your own life, is a tragic reaction to stressful life situations and all the more tragic because suicide can be prevented.

It may seem like there's no way to solve your problems and that suicide is the only way to end the pain. But you can take steps to stay safe and start enjoying your life again.

SYMPTOMS

Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:

* Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," "I wish I were dead" or "I wish I hadn't been born"

* Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills

* Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next

* Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation

* Increasing use of alcohol or drugs

* Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns

* Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly

* Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there's no other logical explanation for doing this

* Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again

Warning signs aren't always obvious, and they may vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.

CAUSES

Suicidal thoughts have many causes. Most often, suicidal thoughts are the result of feeling like you can't cope when you're faced with what seems to be an overwhelming life situation. If you don't have hope for the future, you may mistakenly think suicide is a solution.

There also may be a genetic link to suicide. People who complete suicide or who have suicidal thoughts or behavior are more likely to have a family history of suicide.

RISK FACTORS

You may be at risk of suicide if you:

* Feel hopeless, worthless, agitated, socially isolated or lonely

* Experience a stressful life event, such as the loss of a loved one, military service, a breakup, or financial or legal problems

* Have a substance abuse problem

* Underlying psychiatric disorder, such as major depression, post-TraumaTic stress disorder or bipolar disorder

* Have a family history of mental disorders, substance abuse, suicide, or violence, including physical or sexual abuse

* Are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender with an unsupportive family or in a hostile environment

* Attempted suicide before

COMPLICATIONS

Suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide take an emotional toll. For instance, you may be so consumed by suicidal thoughts that you can't function in your daily life.

TREATMENTS AND DRUGS

Treatment of suicidal thoughts and behavior depends on your specific situation, including your level of suicide risk and what underlying problems may be causing your suicidal thoughts or behavior.

Emergencies

Call 911 or your local emergency number.

Have someone else call if you're not alone.

Nonemergency situations

If you have suicidal thoughts, but aren't in a crisis situation, you may need outpatient treatment. This treatment may include:

* Psychotherapy. In psychotherapy, you explore the issues that make you feel suicidal and learn skills to help manage emotions more effectively.

* Medications. Antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, anti-anxiety medications and other medications for Mental illness can help reduce symptoms, which can help you feel less suicidal.

* Addiction treatment. Treatment for drug or alcohol addiction can include detoxification, addiction treatment programs and self-help group meetings.

* Family support and education. Your loved ones can be both a source of support and conflict. Involving them in treatment can help them understand what you're going through, give them better coping skills, and improve family communication and relationships.


If you have a loved one who has attempted suicide, or if you think your loved one may be in danger of doing so, get emergency help.


LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES

To help keep yourself from feeling suicidal:

Establish your support network. It may be hard to talk about suicidal feelings, and your friends and family may not fully understand why you feel the way you do. Reach out anyway, and make sure the people who care about you know what's going on and are there when you need them. You may also want to get help from your place of worship, support groups or other community resources. Feeling connected and supported can help reduce suicide risk.


Remember, suicidal feelings are temporary. If you feel hopeless or that life's not worth living anymore, remember that treatment can help you regain your perspective and life will get better. Take one step at a time and don't act impulsively.


Suicide is not a good thing let's save ourselves or loved ones from suicidal thoughts.


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