Suicidal Thoughts or Feelings – Causes, Treatment Options
If you are thinking about killing yourself or feel as though your life is so hopeless that you don’t want to live anymore, then you are suffering from suicidal thoughts and feelings.
These emotions are often the result of stressful situations, but suicide can be prevented. There are ways to overcome your feeling of suicide so that you can continue to enjoy life.
If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, the board-certified doctors at SignatureCare Emergency Center can help you through the experience.
Our emergency room is open 24/7 to treat suicidal thoughts or feelings and any other medical emergency you might have. Do not wait if you or someone you love is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings—visit the closest emergency room immediately.
Causes of Suicidal Thoughts or Feelings
There are many different things that may cause someone to begin having suicidal thoughts.
Stressful event – If you are going through a particularly difficult season in life, you may feel as though taking your life is your only option. Stressful events that may cause suicidal feelings include a divorce, unemployment, substantial debt, long-term illness, or caring for a loved one who is terminally ill.
Lifestyle – If you abuse drugs or alcohol, you may be more susceptible to having suicidal thoughts and feelings. The chemicals in these substances can magnify your emotions and can make you feel maudlin and impulsive.
Past experiences – If you have lived through traumatic experiences, such as violence, abuse, or neglect, you may be more likely to think about killing yourself.
Mental health – Schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety can become very serious, and they may cause you to have suicidal thoughts.
Social health – You may think about suicide if you do not have a strong support group or positive relationships in your life. Bullying and isolation can also lead to suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Genetics – Your family history may play a role in your tendency to think about suicide. Researchers believe that the impulsiveness that leads to suicide may be genetic, but they are still trying to find a definite link.
Health issues – Some health issues can cause you to entertain thought of suicide. These include chronic illness, terminal illness, and chronic pain.
Antidepressants – Doctors believe that some patients may start thinking about suicide after they have started taking antidepressants. These medications are required to have a warning on the label, and you should be closely monitored once you have started taking them.
Grief – The death of a loved one can trigger suicidal thoughts. You may also consider suicide if you are grieving the loss of a close relationship, such as a friendship or a romantic relationship.
Suicidal Thoughts or Feelings
If you are or someone you love has suicidal thoughts or feelings, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Do not take for granted that these feelings will go away. Our emergency room is open 24/7 and can help you with suicidal thoughts or feelings. You can walk in or make an appointment, but please make sure you are seen immediately by medical professionals.
When to Seek Medical Attention for Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings
If you have recently started taking antidepressants to combat depression and anxiety or if you are feeling as though you do not want to live anymore, come in to the emergency center. Specifically, come in if:
- You are in danger of immediately committing suicide
- You feel like hurting yourself or others