James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Suicidal Thoughts

When you bought the shotgun a week ago you told yourself that you would never use it. You wanted to have it "just in case" things didn't get better. You placed it in the garage, where your wife wouldn't see it.

But you've been thinking about it every day, nearly every hour. It is your little secret. You haven't told your doctor. He'd take it away or lock you up. Now, if the medication doesn't work, you still have a way out. The pain that you've been living with for so long would finally end. All you have to do is pull the trigger.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Suicide Is Common in Major Depression
  • Suicide Is Also Common in Other Serious Mental Illnesses
  • How to Cope with Suicidal Thoughts

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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