Suicidal ideation in a straightforward sense means that we can suffer from suicidal thoughts and this can exist with some related signs and symptoms. Not every person who has suffered from suicidal ideation means that they will be suicidal. Indeed, many of us in our human existence will have one point or another have had suicidal ideation due to the death of a loved one, suffering through a break up or having gone through a particularly stressful time. Some symptoms may include weight loss, feeling helpless or hopeless , feeling alone, excessive fatigue, low self-esteem. Individuals may feel that they are manic or they are plagued with a feeling that their minds are racing. For some individuals thinking of death may actually calm them down in an acute depressive episode. The onset of symptoms like these with an inability to cope with their effects, is one possible trait associated with suicidal ideation. Individuals may experience a narrowing of options with increasing psychological inflexibility. This psychological distress, can make us more prone to suicidal ideation. Suicide is a difficult thing to bare and almost impossible for us to understand. Death by suicide amplifies loss; it prolongs the grieving process. Suicide represents a denial of life and an endorsement of hopelessness. On the other hand psychotherapy involves a privileged intimacy with another, which offers hope, life and vitality.
Please do not suffer in silence, at LifeChange we firmly believe that talking to someone can save a life and open up our lives once again.
Other possible symptoms and warning signs include:
- Anhedonia (no sense of pleasure in the body)
- Insomnia or over-sleeping
- Changes in Appetite
- Impaired Concentration
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