Suicide is the intentional act of killing oneself. Suicide is a significant risk factor for anyone with mental illness, but is exponentially higher for people with depression. Depression infects the clarity of your mind like a virus attacks the body. It weakens your defenses, cripples your resolve, and leaves you vulnerable to corrosive thoughts.
Factors which may be associated with depression and suicide
- Severe anxiety
- Panic attack
- Severe anhedonia
- Alcohol abuse
- Substantially decreased ability to concentrate
- Repeated deliberate self harm
- History of physical or sexual abuse
- Employment problems
- Relationship loss
- Poor response to medication
- Family history of psychiatric illness
Severe distress and the factors that contribute to such distress are collectively referred to by some psychic pain. This acute and profound distress is a very significant suicide predictor. In addition to both general and specific personal distress, the cognitive factor of hopelessness appears particularly linked to suicidal behavior in depressed patients.
What to do if someone threatens suicide:
- Stay calm
- Tell the person that you are taking his or feelings seriously and want to help.
- Show concern and ask caring questions. Listen to the answers.
- Reassure the person that you know how to get help.
- Stay close to the person.
- If it’s safe for you, remove items that the person could use for suicide.
- If there is a Suicide or Mental Health Helpline, make a call.
- Refer the person for psychological counseling and/or psychiatric treatment.
What not to do when someone is suicidal:
- Do not assume that the person is “just trying to get attention”. Give the person the benefit of the doubt.
- Do not challenge the person to “go ahead and do it,” because this increases the danger of it actually happening.
- Do not try to tell the person how to feel. Just show you care by saying that you want to help.
- Do not promise the person that you will not tell anyone. A suicidal person needs to know you care enough to get help right way.
- Do not try to argue someone out of feeling suicidal
- Do not say that suicide is “dumb” or that the person should “snap out of it.” Making judgment is harmful, not helpful.
Homeopathic treatment or management in the case related to depression and suicide
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat psychic conditions but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat psychic conditions related to depression and suicide that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of psychic conditions related to depression and suicide:
Aurum Met, Natrum Sulph, Psorinum, Aurum Mur, Alumina, Anacardium, Antim Crud, Antim Tart, Arsenic Album, Belladonna, Calcaria Carb, Capsicum, Carcinosin, Mercurius, Hepar Sulph, Hyoscyamus, Ignatia, kali Brom, Lac Daf, Lachesis, Natrum Mur, Nux Vomica, Sepia, Pulsatilla, Zincum Met and many other medicines.
I am so surprised you didn’t mention anything about referring them for psychological counselling?
Thanks Ruth. Agree, it should have been there. We have modified the article now. 🙂