Suicidal thoughts are never sudden. They tend to occur following a series of depressing events leading to a person losing their hope and optimism in life.
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Suicidal ideas may appear as passing thoughts, frequent fantasies, or strong urges. They are ominous signs of underlying mental illness.
Sometimes, suicidal thoughts can also be the fallout of abuse, torture. or online trolling.
All suicidal thoughts (clinically termed “suicidal ideation”) must be dealt with seriously. If you think you can’t overcome them on your own, contact a doctor or hospital immediately, or call a crisis helpline.
- Suicidal Helpline, India (AASRA): 91-9820466726 and 022-27546669
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, USA – 1-800-273-8255 and 988
- Samaritans, United Kingdom: 116-123
5 Ways To Overcome Suicidal Thoughts
If you feel you are having thoughts and ideas of self-harm, here are five effective ways to deal with suicidal thoughts:
- Give yourself positive affirmations
- Reach out and talk to someone
- Stay away from negative people
- Avoid alcohol, drugs, weapons
- Take proper medications
1. Give Yourself Positive Affirmations
This is one of the toughest things to do in depression. But if you are determined to your overcome suicidal thoughts in depression, you can give yourself positive affirmations. These are statements of coping you make to yourself.
The secret is to keep repeating them to yourself, silently, audibly, visually. Keep playing these positive affirmations in a loop in your mind. One example:
I am creating the support I need to stay alive, one day at a time.
A positive affirmation will surely help you going through a rough day, and make you feel better about yourself. As an example, you could tell yourself:
That’s my depression talking, not me. I’m under a chemical imbalance in my brain that is distorting my reality. I actually don’t want to die. I only want to end my suffering. For that, I need to stay strong to go out and seek help.
Whatever is troubling you and making you feel sad, try to avoid thinking about it, and rather talk to yourself about it in a positive context. It may feel hard, but you’ll get better at it with practice, and find ways to a better life away from those self-destructive thoughts. Another example:
I don’t need to die. I just need to persist and be strong long enough, and I’ll get through this.
Any time you find your mind getting crowded with suicidal thoughts, tell yourself you’re strong enough to face it and overcome it. Remind yourself life is beautiful. Affirm yourself of your mental strength, and build a wall of hope to protect you. Another example:
This is just a temporary crisis. If I let my inner strength take control, I will successfully row out of these harming thoughts. Row, row, row your boat!
2. Reach Out And Talk To Someone
The pain of depression can be treated. The best way to overcome depression or suicidal thoughts is to talk about it. Express it to someone you are comfortable with.
Reach out and talk to someone you feel will understand you and listen to you patiently.
In case you feel lost and lonely while having suicidal thoughts, contact a psychological counselor. You may also call the suicide prevention helpline in your country to help you in these dire situations of your life.
The sufferers of depression often end up making their problems insuperably big by overthinking. So they end up feeling it can no longer be dealt with by anyone, or suicide is the only answer.
Remember, such thoughts are happening only because you are unwell. Your self-harm thoughts are your depression showing its symptoms, like any other disease.
Reach out to someone. You don’t have to do it alone.
If you reach out to the right counselor or doctor at the right time, you can overcome your suicidal thoughts quickly. So, even though they might seem insurmountable and incurable in your head, but suicidal thoughts can be resolved if consulted.
Reach out to a person who will listen to you and not leave you alone in your crisis. Get help from a trained professional as soon as you can.
3. Stay Away From Negative People
Avoid anyone who triggers or aggravates your condition. Anyone who talks negatively or brings you down, make a conscious choice to stay away from them. People are prone to have more suicidal thoughts if they are not surrounded by the right people.
Stay off those who bring you down, abuse you, torture you, or troll you.
Get to know yourself better.
4. Avoid Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons
If you are aware of your condition, make sure you keep away all the lethal weapons or medicines that may cause you harm. The aim is to overcome your self-destructive thoughts without getting hurt, so promise yourself regularly to not do something that may be life-threatening.
Avoid alcohol and all kinds of drugs at all costs. Using these will render your brain more inefficient at thinking logically. As a result, you would jeopardize your safety.
Keep your home safe for yourself.
Suicide attempts are not always successful. There had been times where people end up in the worse situations than they might not have even dreamt of.
5. Take Proper Medications
Suicidal thoughts are almost always symptoms of an underlying illness. You need to be on proper prescription medicines if you are harboring suicidal thoughts.
Follow the medication regimen prescribed by your doctor. Feel free to ask them for advice when in doubt.
Do not stop your medications unless asked by your doctor. And talk to your doctor in case you are feeling uneasy with the medications or not getting the expected results.
Getting better of your depression is not just your fight with yourself, so don’t go alone. Seek help of friends, relatives, and specialists at the first signs of you finding it unable to overcome them on your own.
One simple way to keep away from your toxic thoughts is to keep yourself busy doing what you love to do. You could take up a hobby as playing a musical instrument, singing, writing, dancing, or enroll for some learning classes to keep your brain occupied.
Keeping yourself occupied with a challenging but endearing activity might shift your focus to a thing that can relax you whenever you want. In time, your destructive thoughts will become less severe and less frequent.
[Recent research showed depression could be fought back effectively with method that’s non-medicinal. Find out how this method was found to be equally effective in depression as medicines.]
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Author Bio: Sandip Roy is psychology writer, happiness researcher, and medical doctor. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. He writes popular-science articles on positive psychology and related topics.
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