Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation, are thoughts about taking one’s own life or ending one’s own existence. These thoughts can range from fleeting to persistent and can be accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and despair.
Suicidal thoughts are a symptom of several mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse disorders. They can also occur in response to major life stressors such as relationship problems, financial difficulties, or the loss of a loved one.
It is important to take suicidal thoughts seriously, as they can be a sign of a serious mental health condition and can lead to self-harm or suicide attempts. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is important to seek help from a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Treatment for suicidal thoughts may involve medication, therapy, or a combination of both. Medications such as antidepressants may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), can help individuals learn coping strategies and techniques to manage their thoughts and emotions.
In addition to professional help, there are several resources available for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis Text Line also provides free and confidential support via text message at 741741.
It is important to remember that suicidal thoughts are treatable and that help is available. With the right treatment and support, individuals can overcome suicidal thoughts and go on to lead fulfilling lives.« Back to Glossary Index