When you suffer from depression or are grieving, it isn’t uncommon to experience suicidal thoughts, as an escape from the hardship of everyday life. For some of us these thoughts are fleeting, but for others they can be increasingly persistent and all consuming, to the point that you seriously contemplate acting on them.
This is not something that you should feel guilty or ashamed about, as it is not a sign of weakness or insanity, it simply means that you have reached your threshold of emotional pain or mental stress. However, these feelings are product of temporary or current problems that can be overcome.
Here’s how you can fight off these feelings and get through the tough times.
How To Survive Depression & Suicidal Thoughts
Make A Commitment To Not Act Right Away
“If all of us acted impulsively on suicidal thoughts, the world would be a pretty empty place; wait before you act because you owe it to yourself”
As you probably know, we tend to make poor decisions and choices when we are intoxicated, upset, angry, or experiencing any intense emotions. Unlike most other choices that have limited consequences, suicide is permanent and irreversible. Promise yourself that you will wait for a specific amount of time, such as a week or a month, before you take any action.
If all of us acted impulsively on suicidal thoughts, the world would be a pretty empty place. Wait before you act because you owe it to yourself. Circumstances can change overnight or in a week or a month, at which time you will be thankful that you lived to see the day.
“Alcohol & drugs can play havoc with your moods, increasing suicidal thoughts, while impairing your ability to think rationally”
Alcohol and drugs can seem like an easy escape from the hardships of life, but the instant relief is invariably followed by a downward spiral. Alcohol and drugs can play havoc with your moods, increasing suicidal thoughts, while impairing your ability to think rationally. Although this may seem like one time when you most need alcohol or other drugs, this is one time when you must avoid it.
Suicide-Proof Your Home
“Just as you would kid proof a house to keep it safe, get rid of objects that you could use to hurt yourself, like knives, razors, sleeping pills, & so on”
Obviously that’s not entirely possible, but you can take steps to make your living environment safer. If you live alone, get rid of objects and substances that you could use to harm yourself, like knives, razors, sleeping pills, and so on. If you live with an unsupportive family or in a house where such measures are not possible, seek out a place of comfort, whether your college library, a friend’s house, or a gaming room!
“In most cases, simply talking about your feelings helps to reduce the pressure & with the support of a professional, you can easily overcome the crisis”
The most important step when battling suicidal thoughts is to open up and share your feelings with people you trust. There is still some stigma attached to mental illnesses like depression in India, which is why it may be a good idea to find a therapist or counselor to talk to, even if you do so anonymously online.
Your feelings are natural and you needn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. In fact, in most cases, simply talking about your feelings helps to reduce the pressure and with the support and encouragement of a professional, you can easily overcome these feelings to emerge even stronger.
Don’t Give Up!
“Depression treatment success rates are high, with both behavioral therapy & medications even minimizing the risk of relapse”
Depression is a disease and it can be cured. Although your feelings may be overwhelming right now, most people overcome depression to lead healthy, fulfilling, and successful lives. Depression treatment success rates are high with both cognitive behavioral therapy and with medication as well. These measures can even help to minimize the risk of relapse.
Give yourself time to heal and recover and these tough times will eventually be a distant memory.
Do not be too harsh or quick to judge yourself. Emotional pain or trauma can be harder to deal with than physical pain and each of us has a different threshold of pain and coping ability. For many of us, these experiences give rise to depression and suicidal thoughts that stop us from finding solutions to problems.
Remember, that although you may feel hopeless right now, solutions do exist for almost every problem. Before you give up, seek help and you may find that life has a lot to offer you – just stick around long enough to enjoy it!
Join TheHealthOrange on WhatsApp. Type “Hi” and send to 982-0123-040