Recovering from Suicidal Thoughts
The feeling of hopelessness and the lack of a future that you or someone you know may feel sometimes can result in suicidal thoughts. These thoughts can be scary and overwhelming, but they are typically fleeting and once you address and allow the emotional stress, which has consumed your life, to pass, you may feel better.
Concepts to think about when having Suicidal Thoughts
Suicidal thoughts are more common than people think and most people have them at some point in their life. Clinical depression is the number one cause for suicide attempts and is a condition that can be treated.
Suicide is seen as a means to an end so that you do not have to deal with the unbearable pain that has overcome you. This pain typically stems from grief, stress, guilt or shame. Here are some things to think about when suicidal thoughts have begun to take over your thinking:
- Know that your depression is consuming you and that you are not able to think rationally about the situation at hand
- Remember that depression can be cured and what you are feeling will eventually leave
- Remember your friends and family that will be devastated by losing you and know that you will cause them an enormous amount of grief
- Know that the majority of people feeling suicidal have fully recovered… so the odds of your recovery are with you and not against you
- Remember that there are hotlines available and there is always someone to talk to about how you are feeling without passing judgment
Speeding up the Recovery Process
The number one action that a suicidal person can take is to talk to someone about how they are feeling. According to www.cdc.gov, the unwillingness to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse disorders or to suicidal thoughts is a risk factor for suicide.
You may be embarrassed or worried about the stigma that come with suicide, but there are people in your life that do care about you and want to help you. If you have a close friend or family member that you trust, you should talk to them about how you are feeling. If you are too embarrassed to talk to them, then you can always write it down and give it to them to read or read it to them yourself.
If you do not have a trusted friend or family member to speak with, or if you do not want to tell anybody you know of your distress, then you can call a suicide hotline and speak to an anonymous person for help. Suicide hotlines are filled with caring people who are there to listen to you and to help you get through this time of emotional turmoil.
Aside from talking to a person about the way you are feeling, you should seek professional medical attention for your depression or for your emotional strife. Remember that emotions come and go and that depression is curable with the right treatment so do not hesitate to seek out help.