Suicidal tendencies are not limited to any age, both children and adults are facing the risk. However, there are various reasons why people would want to commit suicide asides being addicted to drugs. It could be a psychological phase that needs urgent medical or psychological attention.
For children or teenagers who have suicidal tendencies, a psychiatrist or psychologist is recommended to assess such person’s mental state. For adults, a mental analysis is carried out and daily activities by such person will be recorded. Either ways, mental and physical state of these patients are assessed carefully.
To treat patients with suicidal tendencies, treatment is in 3 folds;
1. Diagnosis: The first thing to be done by any medical practitioner is to diagnose the patient. The patient’s mental and physical state is important in order to know what to be administered or treated. A patient could actually be suffering from either addiction to drugs or depression, hence, the reason for suicidal thoughts.
Mental State: Suicidal thoughts could be as a result of a patient’s mental health and if this is the case, such person should be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Physical State: Suicidal thoughts could also be as a result of a patient’s physical health and for this to be properly treated, blood samples would be required for testing.
Alcohol and Drugs: This is the most common factor that enhances suicidal thoughts. Many patient misuse drugs and alcohol all in the sake of reducing stress and depression. Your Doctor would assess your alcohol and drug use before knowing what type of treatment to put you on.
Medications: Some drugs or medications give suicidal feelings. These drugs are often sold over-the-counter and if this is the case, complete withdrawal will be advised.
2. Emergency treatment: For someone who is about to have a suicide attempt or at the risk of harming oneself, it is important to dial an emergency number or have someone call on your behalf. A patient will be treated accordingly in the emergency room.
3. Non-emergency treatment: For someone who is having suicidal tendencies or thoughts but not in a crisis yet, such person would need the following treatment to reduce the risk;
Psychotherapy: This treatment involves psychological counseling or treatment to help reduce suicidal thoughts.
Medications: Drugs like Anti-depressants could be administered to also help reduce suicide risk.
Treatment for Addiction: Addiction is an important factor for suicide. With the aid of rehabilitation centers, addiction could be treated properly.
Education and Family support: Lastly, being educated about the dangers of suicide is important. Being supported or surrounded by loved ones could also help reduce suicide tendencies.