Suicide, comment

Suicide is a very serious issue which needs to be treated with great precaution when the possibility of suicide is suspected. Around the time of the holidays suicide rates often rise. This is typically attributed to the stress many people feel around this time of year. My younger sister’s best friend’s father committed suicide last month and greatly affected my family personally. The girl’s father had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was being treated with medication but had recently been laid off from his job and ceased his medication treatment and ultimately committed suicide leaving three children and a wife behind. When I heard this news it struck me as extremely sad, as any suicide does. However this seemed even more upsetting to me because it was known that the man suffered from a mental disorder which was being treated. It brought to my attention how crucial it is that people have a strong support system they can turn to at all times, especially those who are treated for mental illness. It is important for signs of suicide to be taken with the utmost seriousness. Bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance in the brain and may be caused by varying function of the structure and function of certain brain circuits. Bipolar disorder is highly associated with suicide and it is important to look for signs of depression or suicide so as to help the person as soon as possible.

Original Post
July 15, 2009
Title: Suicide, comment
Suicide is known to be associated with mental disorder. It may be in form of major depression or some sudden trigger which causes an individual to act irrationally. The ideation of suicide can be very subtle especially when nurses do not detect the signs. some patients are very crafty and may disguise very professionally as well. So the duty is on the nurses to pry deeply on the patients when assessing life stresssors which may likely make patients to contemplate suicide. Often, known patients with mental illnesses are protected by HIPPA except cases that are already committed to psychiatric settings. For adolescents, they often display their emotions which helps nurses to quickly act on the information observed or stated but when it becomes a case of prolonged ideation for which the patient has had a means and time to do the act then nurses must still be vigilant. One cannot overemphasis the pivotal importance of detailed assessment and constant reevaluation of any event or attitude which may suggest that a patient is in danger of committing suicide. Once at a psychiatric hospital, a room mate committed suicide suddenly. Nurses were surprised because the patient most have acted within the spur of the moment while disguising the traits associated with suicide ideation. Quality and risk analysis in hospital settings are still open to these investigations. Nurses can also use support groups as well.

Original Post:
June 5, 2009
Title: Suicide
Suicidal ideation is more common than completed suicide. Most persons who commit suicide have a psychiatric disorder at the time of death. Because many clients with psychiatric disorders are seen by family physicians and other primary care practitioners rather than by psychiatrists, it is important that these practitioners recognize the signs and symptoms of the psychiatric disorders (particularly alcohol abuse and major depression) that are associated with suicide. Although most patients with suicidal ideation do not ultimately commit suicide, the extent of suicidal ideation must be determined, including the presence of a suicide plan and the patient’s means to commit suicide.
Many clients who commit suicide have seen their primary care physician within several months before their death and many of these physicians were unaware of the clients’ intentions or that the clients had previously attempted suicide.
The best way to prevent suicide is to ask clients with symptoms of these disorders more specific questions about recent stressors and their thoughts about suicide, excellent history taking is essential to help diagnose clients with suicidal ideation. Reviewing the clients medical history for chronic illness, obtain a drug history and ask the client about family…listen for clues!

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