L.W. Outlaw PhD
One of the greatest concerns among those of us in the mental health field today is the increasing problem of “suicide” or attempt thereof. Among adults within the USA, approximately 142 people take their own life every day and of those adults, 132 are men.
Needless to say, Covid-19 has only increased these numbers.
In essence, suicide is a big problem!
Suicide can grow out of many irrational and negative thoughts and emotions, such as feelings of hopelessness and despair.
Most often a person has already been diagnosed with a serious mental health problem such as Bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia and out of these problems, sub-problems such as Clinical depression has given rise to various negative results such as suicide.
Usually,(but not always),if a person has already been diagnosed with Clinical depression, they will NOT commit suicide; especially if they’re threatening to do so. It’s simply a cry for help and need for attention from family and friends.
Warning Signs of potential suicide:
- Empty, hopeless, trapped, or having no reason to live
- Extremely sad, more anxious, agitated, or full of rage
- Unbearable emotional or physical pain
- Making a plan or researching ways to die
- Withdrawing from friends, saying good bye, giving away important items, or suddenly making a will
- Taking dangerous risks such as driving extremely fast
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- Eating or sleeping more or less
- Using drugs or alcohol more often
If you have, family or friends that are experiencing these feelings, just STOP, “Don’t take them for granted; get them or yourself professional help immediately!
It is not God’s will for you to debate your own existence or theirs’. It is God’s will for you to have LIFE and have it to the max! (John 10:10).
© 2021 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III