Having any ideation or thoughts about killing yourself isn’t a normal process of daily thoughts and is a symptom of an underlying major depressive disorder brought about by constant stress, worry or pain.
Everyone gets depressed from time to time, but that doesn’t always correlate with thoughts of suicide. Someone that is dealing with depression has a very difficult time understanding that what they’re going through has been a process of many months or years of worry and stress. It can’t be underscored enough that depression can lead to many different symptoms, including suicide if not treated.
There are many reasons why a person may have suicidal tendencies; when we are constantly worrying or putting stress on our brain by thinking negatively, it can play a heavy toll on our psyche, and chemicals (neurotransmitters) begin to function in an abnormal state, which decreases serotonin, which is a chemical that plays several key functions in our brain and body. When there’s an imbalance, our mind and body feel it and symptoms occur — anxiety, depression, sleeping issues, psychosis, mood imbalances, and thoughts of suicide.
A stress hormone called adrenal glucocorticoid interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain when stress is high or chronic. This interferes with our capacity to experience pleasure and remain motivated. An imbalance of serotonin can lead to depression.
So just by daily and constant worry can bring on major depression and put your mind into a state of stress, and the coping mechanisms (chemicals) are not receiving the right amount of transference, which brings on irrational thinking. And it is in fact irrational to have suicidal thoughts. A person that is generally happy does not have suicidal thoughts on a constant basis. No one should take it lightly and they should know that there are ways that they can get past this and help bring about a positive change in their life.
The best thing a person can do to help yourself if they’re still having daily thoughts of suicide, is to tell a friend or a family member, or contact a specialist or social working that deals with this kind of issue.
The first thing is reaching out. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can also be overwhelming when you’re depressed and thinking about suicide. So the best thing to do is talk about it. The next step after that, is to contact a doctor and let them know what’s going on and they can refer to a specialist that deals with this kind of issue. Yes, there is treatment available, even if one can’t afford it, that will help move past this to have a ‘normal’ life again.
Most people who commit suicide claim that they’re in pain and don’t want to cause pain to anyone else, as they believe that just by being alive is causing a burden on others. Do they have friends? Do they have family? Can you image the kind of unbearable pain they will go through if that person were to kill themselves?
Again, ideation of committing suicide or justifying it for any reason is an irrational thought process and they need immediate help. There’s nothing wrong with admitting needing help. We all need help from time to time. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They’re open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Being in psychological pain is something that no one should need go through, and there absolutely is treatment that will help in this time of crisis.
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