Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts, also called suicidal ideation, occur when the person suffers from stress, psychological, or physical disorders. It comprises the thoughts and detailed plan but does not include the act of suicide. Suicidal thoughts are manifested by intolerance, loss of hope, mood shifts, increased alcohol and drug consumption, agitation, sleep pattern changes, panic attacks, impaired concentration, self-criticism, isolation, psychomotor agitation, etc. Talking with friends and close ones, a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, counseling, etc., help manage suicidal intentions.

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Can I get out of suicidal thoughts after electroconvulsive therapy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am going in for ECT to help with thoughts of dying etc. What is the success rate of ECT? Can it erase memory? What is the percentage of memory loss? Currently I am taking Ziprasidone medicine. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Electroconvulsive therapy is one of the best treatments for actively suicidal patients. It gives dramatic improvement to dying thoughts. As per my personal experience, it has more than 90 percent success rates in patients with suicidal thoughts. There will be a memory is...  Read Full »

I want to die because living is too tiring. Am I depressed?

Query: Hello doctor,I think I might be depressed but I am told it is just my hormones or because of my menstrual cycle. I am tired all the time and I am constantly bored. I do not find enjoyment in anything anymore. I am always so negative too, I cannot think positive. I do not feel intensely sad but I jus...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the symptoms are present only at the time of menstrual cycle (a week before or after) then its probably PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). If it is unrelated to menses then do a self-rating test of depression like Zung's self-rating depression scale which yo...  Read Full »

My sister is experiencing a mental breakdown while on periods and otherwise normal. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister has had symptoms of a nervous breakdown. She had her womb removed. She also had liver issues and had been prescribed too much serotonin and contraceptives which badly hurt her liver. Every time she comes up to her time of period (although the womb is gone), she gets menta...  Read Full »

Dr. Pranay Shailendra Gandhi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to condition looks serious as it is not just moderate depression, but suicidal tendencies are present. However, there are not many tests needed. She does not have a uterus, but probably in her brain, she still thinks it is the time of her periods and hence gets the psyc...  Read Full »

Is acting weird, self-harming, and depressed always mean I have depression?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18 year old female. I have no idea what is wrong with me. I am sad all the time, cry for no reason, smile for no reason and hate myself. I behave oddly and do things like spilling water and even self-harm when angry. I cannot concentrate. I am unable to sleep most of the times. ...  Read Full »

Dr. K. V. Anand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand. You should be able to distinguish between disappointment and depression. Disappointment also brings on symptoms identical to depression, but they are short lived. Were you disappointed in the near past? Otherwise, you have a depressive disorder. Depr...  Read Full »

Please help me overcome my suicidal thoughts and be a successful person?

Query: Hi doctor,I always feel suicidal. Now I am 23-year-old. I have had certain losses in my life, and everything happened within two years. I lost my pet dog, my friends, my girlfriend, and my job. Only my parents are still supportive. Since then, I feel like quitting everything now for once and all. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. You may have a major depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it; you should follow the guidelines below to deal with it. It will help you. You should do exercises dail...  Read Full »

I am suicidal and feel manipulated and exploited. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suicidal. I feel so manipulated and exploited. My parents never listen to what I say and indirectly or directly cause some very unpleasant memories. Maybe I just want to be an ordinary kid, I want to play computer games and stuff, maybe I do not need to do academic stuff all the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Suicide is not a solution to any problem. There is no problem in the world which does not have any solution. Just we have to see from a different view. Take a break in your life. Think about what you want to do in the future. If you are not interested in the study, leav...  Read Full »

I feel depressed, anxious get panic attacks and have a suicidal tendency. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor,I feel depressed, anxious and I get panic attacks. I have a suicidal tendency too.I do not find a purpose in my life. I tried several times to start it fresh but in the end, it comes to the same suicidal tendency.   Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation.You may have an anxiety disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. You should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you.You should do exercises daily for...  Read Full »

Why do I feel suicidal and depressed after taking anti-depression medicines?

Query: Hi doctor, Please give your opinion on the attached medicines. I am feeling more depressed while taking these medications instead of them treating me. I think I will die with these pills. My stomach is also upset, and I am unable to think anything. I am having suicidal thoughts or feel like killing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After going through your prescription (attachments removed to protect patient identity), this is what I feel. You seem to be having some lability of mood and associated depressive features as well. There seems to be some amount of impulsivity in your personality. M...  Read Full »

Can you help with my depression and thoughts about killing myself?

Query: Hi doctor, I am depressed. I feel like killing myself right now. I think about being in a car crash or cutting myself, but I do not know. I do not want to do it. I feel deserted from every corner of my life. Everybody is hurting me. And I have no one to talk to or turn to. I do not even have a shou...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If anything bad has happened recently, then this is due to that stress. Just think that the bad phase will pass. The symptoms like thoughts of killing yourself, depressed mood, crying spells, etc., are symptoms of a depressive disorder. If these symptoms are present fo...  Read Full »

How to fade away my feelings for my boyfriend?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel lifeless most of the times. I do not find peace anymore, and I do not feel like doing anything. It is all because of that one person, and I believe he is destroying my life, but I still love him. I do not want to have feelings for anyone, and I want to be heartless, single, fr...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunadh M Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. All your problems seem to be related to the relationship issue. The moment you try to forget actively or stay away from someone, usually it never works. The basic human psychology is that if you go behind someone or give the key to your happines...  Read Full »

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