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Decriminalize suicide - Clinical Psychologist

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Comment: Suicide

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Kwasi
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2017-03-23 19:20:19
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Decriminalize suicide - Clinical Psychologist

Causes
While the cause of suicide is unknown, some common risk factors include:

major psychiatric illness - in particular, mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)
substance abuse (primarily alcohol abuse)
family history of suicide
long term difficulties with relationships with friends and family
losing hope or the will to live
significant losses in a person's life, such as the death of a loved one, loss of an important relationship, loss of employment or self-esteem
unbearable emotional or physical pain
Warning signs and risk factors
A person who is at risk of committing suicide usually shows signs - whether consciously or unconsciously - that something is wrong. Keep an eye out for:

signs of clinical depression withdrawal from friends and family sadness and hopelessness
lack of interest in previous activities, or in what is going on around them physical changes, such as lack of energy, different sleep patterns, change in weight or appetite loss of self-esteem, negative comments about self-worth bringing up death or suicide in discussions or in writing Previous suicide attempts getting personal affairs in order, such as giving away possessions, or having a pressing interest in personal wills or life insurance
Though many people considering suicide seem sad, some mask their feelings with excessive energy. Agitation, hyperactivity, and restlessness may indicate an underlying depression that is being concealed.

Many people believe that even though a person might talk about suicide, they will not actually do it. In fact, talking about suicide is a warning sign that the person is at greater risk. If you become so overwhelmed by your problems that suicide becomes a consideration, you deserve to be taken seriously.

Talking about suicide means that the potential exists to take your own life - even if you do not actually do it. Denial will not make the threat of suicide disappear and can only leave you feeling more alone and in anguish. If you are having thoughts of suicide, see your doctor or a counsellor for help.

How to help
Do not hesitate to talk about suicide. If you think that someone you know is considering suicide, raise the subject. People are often relieved to talk to somebody about it. Recognizing their agony helps to ease the distress of carrying the burden of pain alone. It is important to listen to what somebody has to say without passing judgment on their feelings. Keep in mind that having no opportunity to talk about how badly they feel will only make a person feel more isolated.

You may sometimes worry that bringing up the subject of suicide will give ideas to an individual who is already depressed. On the contrary, showing your concern lets a person in distress know that somebody is listening to them. If that person really is considering taking their own life, talking provides an outlet for intense, often overwhelming feelings.

Ask direct questions - avoiding the topic may show that you do not take a person's threats seriously enough to inquire. Find out if suicide has been considered, and if they have thought out how and when they want to do it. The more details that have been worked out, the greater the danger that someone plans to commit suicide.

Suicide attempts are often a cry for help. While suicidal people are still alive, they may be holding out hope that they will find the means to cope with their emotions. Urge anybody who is considering suicide to get the counselling and medical or psychological support that they need as soon as possible.

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. ..AGBESI KWESI on Mar 23, 2017 16:46
Kwasi on Mar 23, 2017 19:20
JOHNSON AGYEKUM on Mar 23, 2017 21:32