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According to the CDC,
9.3 million adults in the United States
have reported having suicidal thoughts in a year.
But what are suicidal thoughts?
It means thinking about and planning a suicide attempt.
Having suicidal thoughts does not mean a person will carry out the act.
CDC also states,
males are four times more likely to end their life,
while women more often have suicidal ideations.
The following is a list of 17 things that contribute to suicidal thoughts.
1. Chronic Illness.
Serious medical conditions may cause people to think about suicide.
Depending on the severity of the illness,
people will consider suicide as a way to cope with
the mental and physical anguish they’re going through.
At times, people can come to believe that
suicide is the best way to deal with long-term deterioration.
2. Mood Disorders.
Disorders such as major depression, bipolar,
严重的抑郁症 躁郁症 心律失常
dysthymia and seasonal affective disorder,
can contribute to suicidal thoughts.
The dangers during a mood disorder occur
when people are coming out of deep depression.
Because they have more energy to carry out their thoughts.
3. Psychiatric Disorders.
Disorders like schizophrenia
come accompanied with hallucinations.
The hallucinations may direct individuals to commit suicide.
Schizophrenia among other psychotic disorders,
have high rates of suicide ideation
because those who struggle can lose touch with reality,
not knowing what’s real versus what’s not.
4. Impulse Control Disorders.
Some people can be more impulsive than others.
Those that are tend to not focus on the consequences of their actions.
They are reward-based driven,
meaning they’re more willing to participate in dangerous behaviors,
such as suicide.
5. Abuse and Trauma.
Sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
increases suicidal attempts by 2.5 to 3 times.
Abuse has long-term consequences on a person’s life.
Depending on the frequency and severity of the abuse,
the person will in some cases think about suicide as a way to cope with their pain.
In many cases,
this is a symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
6. Domestic Violence.
Survivors and victims think about suicide
as an escape from their terrifying situations.
When a person is immersed in a violent relationship,
they often believe suicide is their best or only option.
Because they fear that their abusive partner will find them
and hurt them or kill them themselves.
In unique but not uncommon cases,
the fear of not having support employment or an education to survive on their own
adds to this feeling of hopelessness.
7.Access to Weapons.
Firearms can increase the suicidal ideations and attempts in some people
who are struggling with mental or physical illnesses,
or substance abuse or difficult situations in general.
The reason for this is sad may because people know
that the use of firearms will highly increase their chances of success.
nowadays the stigma that surrounds mental illness and suicide
causes people to not seek out help.
The longer individuals go without receiving help,
the higher the chances their suicidal ideations and attempts will increase.
9. Family History of Suicide.
Children and teenagers learn through observation and modeling.
If they’ve been exposed to family members or close friends
who have attempted or died from suicide,
this can increase suicidal ideation
because they indirectly believe
it’s an accepted way to cope with their problems.
10. Relationship Problems.
Problems in a relationship or the ending of one
come accompanied with emotional and mental anguish.
People who deal with uncertainty in their relationships
can become overwhelmed.
Feelings of abandonment, worthlessness and guilt
may contribute to suicidal thoughts.
This usually occurs in the person who is being broken up with.
A person who does the breakup, in most cases,
this has already gone through the grieving process.
According to the CDC,
approximately 4,400 people commit suicide per year due to bullying.
This contributes to feelings of unworthiness,
low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and hoplelessness.
自卑 沮丧 焦虑和绝望的情绪
In severe cases,
those who are being bullied can come to believe
suicide is the only way out of their torment.
12.Difficult Life Event
Stressful or traumatic life events
can have and often do have lasting effects on people.
These can vary from natural to man-made disasters
to being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
13. Survivor’s Guilt.
Survivor’s guilt occurs when people survive life threatening events
or watching others die.
This makes them feel guilty.
And in many cases,
it’s difficult for them to forgive themselves.
Suicidal thoughts may occur
and increase as time passes by.
Low income families are at higher risk of suicide.
This is due to not having excess to resources.
Many individuals don’t have food, income or housing security.
This comes accompanied with stress and depression.
When you don’t have your basic needs,
it is very difficult to think straight.
So many who are struggling with these issues,
believe that suicide is the only way to solve their problems.
15. Past Suicide Attempts.
Those who’ve attempted to suicide are at a higher risk.
Teens who have prior attempts
are 3 times more likely to try again within a year.
16. Substance Abuse.
Did you know that the alcohol is actually a depressant?
Alcohol and other drugs increase suicidal ideation,
especially in youth and young adults.
Alcohol and drugs
mess with the balance of neural transmitters in the brain.
They fill you with dopamine
and then leave you depleted.
The depletion of dopamine is called coming down
This is why you may feel anxious
when you wake up the next-day hangover.
And this is why
most addicts keep looking for the next high.
Because the low seems unbearable.
17. Prescription Drugs.
Did you know prescription drugs can cause suicidal ideations
and even depression?
This isn’t to scare you off.
The right medication and dosage
could help you feel better.
But at times,
mixing different medications can worsen suicidal thoughts.
It’s important to monitor yourself
along with the help of a doctor to prevent these symptoms.
it’s important to remember that
suicidal thoughts are symptoms of underlying issues
and they can be treated.
You can get help.
Suicide is not the only way out.
And you’re not alone.
In this day and age,
it is all too common for people to think about suicidal thoughts.
But with help and support,
we can and we will find our light again.
If this sounds like someone you know,
and you’d like to find out more,
we also cover a video on 14 ways
to tell if someone is suicidal.
You can find that video in the link description down below.
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