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Suicidal Thoughts – What Are They?

Suicidal thoughts are classified as a thinking of killing oneself and can include either a detailed plan on how to carry out the act or just a consideration which does not include the ultimate act of killing oneself.

Many people experience suicidal thoughts, but few go through the final act despite some making an attempt to do so. Some of these thoughts are planned to succeed while many are deliberately scheduled to fail or even discovered.

According to research conducted in Finland nearly 20% of the individuals who actually committed suicide and succeeded had discussed their intentions to do so with a healthcare professional or a doctor during their last visit.

“Killing yourself slowly is still killing yourself. Wanting to die is not the same as wanting to come home. Recovery is hard work. Not wanting to die is hard work.” ― Blythe Baird 

 Is Suicide Common?

According to the FDA, about 30,000 Americans attempt and succeed in committing suicide every year. Among these, nearly 80% of the suicides are committed by males. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the age group 15 to 24. This age group accounts for nearly 20% of all suicides.

The figures are different in the United Kingdom, where the suicide rates have been regularly dropping according to the NHS. Approximately 140,000 people are hospitalized in England and Wales after attempting suicide. Also here, nearly 75% of the attempts are by males. The age group that constitutes the highest risk in the UK is between 25 to 34. After accidents, suicide is the second leading cause of death in males in the age group of 15 to 44.

According to the NHS, research on all successful suicides revealed that most individuals had a mental illness such as depression. Among these, 10 to 15% of them had bipolar disorder, while 4% of the individuals who had schizophrenia. People committed suicide soon after they were diagnosed with these problems.

 What Are The Symptoms of Suicidal Thoughts?

The signs and symptoms of suicidal thoughts vary, but they include the following:

Appearing to feel trapped or hopeless and having an abnormal.

Having high levels of anxiousness and being moody.

Changing sleep patterns, routine, and personality.

Consuming alcohol and drugs excessively.

Engaging in risky behavior including driving carelessly or indulging in substances.

Getting their affairs in order and giving away their belongings.

Being in possession of weapons, medications or substances that can end life.

Suffering from depression, panic attacks, impaired concentration and increased self-criticism.

Talking about killing oneself or expressing regret about being alive while not showing any emotions while experiencing generally pleasurable life events.

Many people who have suicidal thoughts do not seem to show apparent signs. Generally, they keep their thoughts and feelings a secret.

 What Causes For Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts overcome a person when he or she believes that it is impossible to cope with the overwhelming situation they are facing. Such people have a misconception that ending their life is the answer to their problems. If one’s mental condition is heightened, he or she may begin believing that suicide is the only option left.

Experts believe that genetic factors may have a role to play. As such, those who have suicidal thoughts in most cases tend to have a family history of suicide or such thoughts.

The most common causes that might lead to suicidal thoughts include sexual abuse, grief, financial problems, relationship breakup, unemployment, rejection, and remorse. Psychiatric factors are also linked to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts.

“Suicide is not a choice, it is what is left when everything else fails.”
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 Preventing Suicidal Thoughts

Mental illness is the most common cause of suicidal thoughts and even successful suicides. If you have suicidal thoughts, you can find a remedy to the problem you are facing by getting treated with medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, and counseling. As such, it is advisable to contact your doctor for treatment.

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