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Every year, more than 44,000 people in the United States commit suicide.Studies have shown that people with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, and people with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD are at higher risk of attempting suicide or having suicidal thoughts.The reasons are divided into research on post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. It may be that PTSD itself leads to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts or suicide, or it may be that other existing mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, increase the risk.
Techniques for dealing with suicidal thoughts and post-traumatic stress disorder
In view of this, if you have experienced a traumatic event or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, it is important to be alert to suicidal thoughts and develop coping strategies. Capturing and addressing these ideas early can prevent them from becoming suicide attempts.
There are several coping strategies that can help resolve suicidal thoughts, but don’t wait until there is a crisis to try again. Look at them carefully now and make a plan for the next time you have suicidal thoughts. If you can develop such a plan with the therapist, it would be ideal.
Here are some suggestions for dealing with suicidal thoughts.
Stay away from weapons
If you have readily available tools, such as guns, knives, or other weapons, or unnecessary drugs at home, you are more likely to have attempted suicide.Remove these from your environment; take steps to cancel your access (lock the item and give the key to someone) or go to a place where you cannot use these methods.
According to research, there is no single cause of depression. Brain chemistry, hormones, genetics, life experience, and physical health can all play a role.
Go to a safe place
Identify a few places you can go that are unlikely to hurt yourself, such as shopping malls, coffee shops or restaurants, busy parks, community centers, or public places such as gyms.
After getting there, immerse yourself in that environment. Pay attention to all sights and sounds around you. Doing so will help put some distance between you and your suicidal thoughts.
Talk to someone who supports
When you encounter a crisis, social support may be a good way to cope. Call family or friends. Let them know that you need someone to talk and want their support. Change your environment by asking them if they can spend time with them.
Talk to your therapist
Some therapists have a way for their patients to contact them outside of the meeting when they are in crisis. If you have a therapist and have such a system, you should contact your therapist when you have suicidal thoughts.
Your therapist can help you assess the severity of the situation and help you figure out how to respond to these thoughts.
Challenge suicidal thoughts
When people feel depressed and frustrated, they usually have thoughts that align with these emotions. When our emotions change, our thoughts will also change.So even if things might Feel Despair, this may only be the result of your mood, not necessarily the true situation of the matter.
Use self-monitoring to identify hopeless thoughts and challenge them.
Is it impossible to change your mood? Is there really no hope for the future? Have you ever felt this way before, and if so, will things get better in the end? Ask yourself questions like this to challenge your thoughts about despair.
Pay attention to your thoughts
Another way to deal with suicidal thoughts is mindfulness. Take a step back from your thoughts and observe them. Imagine your thoughts as clouds floating across the sky.
Try not to think of your thoughts as good or bad, but only as thoughts or objects in your head. Taking a cautious approach to suicidal or desperate thoughts can resolve them and limit their impact on your behavior and emotions.
Manage your emotions
Many coping strategies can help manage your emotions. For example, expressive writing or self-comforting coping strategies may help reduce the intensity of sadness or anxiety.
By improving your mood, you can also improve your thinking, thereby reducing your risk of suicide.
Go to emergency room
If these coping strategies fail to reduce suicidal thoughts, please call the police or the mental health crisis hotline, or go to the local emergency room. It may be scary, but the most important thing for you is to stay safe and alive.
If you do not have a therapist, please find a therapist
Finally, if you do not have a therapist and are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is important to obtain a psychiatric assessment and therapist.
Suicidal thoughts are a sign that you may need help immediately to resolve your symptoms. You can find a PTSD treatment provider in your area through the National PTSD Center.