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8 Potential Thoughts of Suicide Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Gad)

    Anxiety is a common emotion from time to time; however, persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worrying are signs of generalized anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder is diagnosed when a person worries more days than not for at least six months and has symptoms like fatigue, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

    With long-term care, symptoms can be controlled with talk therapy, medication, and self-care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, trouble sleeping, general anxiety (stress), irritability, nausea
    Symptoms that always occur with generalized anxiety disorder (gad):
    general anxiety (stress)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Recurrent Depression

    Depression, once diagnosed, can often recur with new episodes. Sometimes these episodes can be similar to ones in the past, sometimes the symptoms can be different. It's good to be aware off the fact that people who had a depression before, remain vulnerable.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Mild Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)

    Dysthymia, also called persistent depressive disorder, is a form of depression that is chronic. The causes of dysthymia are complex, and often are a combination of biological, genetic, and environmental factors. Dysthymia can interfere with everyday life, and people with this condition report feeling loss of interest in their daily activities, sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy.

    Dysthymia can last indefinitely.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, irritability, difficulty concentrating, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that always occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia):
    depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia):
    severe sadness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Borderline Personality Disorder

    Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness characterized by troubled interpersonal relationships and unstable moods.

    While this is historically a difficult disease to treat, modern advancements provide symptom relief and improved quality of life.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    frequent mood swings, impaired social or occupational functioning, aggression, history of deliberate self-harm, anger or irritability between temper outbursts
    Symptoms that always occur with borderline personality disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Pregnancy - or Childbirth Related Depression

    Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, guilty, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, taking care of your baby, work, and friendships. Postpartum or peripartum depression occurs in mothers or future mothers and is linked to pregnancy and childbirth.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years. Therapy and/or medication can be highly beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Depersonalization / Derealization Identity Disorder

    Depersonalization/Derealization Identity Disorder is when a person experiences unreality or detachment from one's mind, self or body or from one's surroundings.

    Progression is variable and highly personal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    depersonalization or derealization, derealization, impaired social or occupational functioning, ringing in the ears, amnesia
    Symptoms that always occur with depersonalization/derealization identity disorder:
    depersonalization or derealization
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Depression

    Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, work, and friendships.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, headache, anxiety, irritability
    Symptoms that always occur with depression:
    depressed mood
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder (Ocd)

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It entails frequent, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. To try to control the thoughts, one feels an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors. These are called compulsions.

    40-50% of people get better with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    impaired social or occupational functioning, anxiety, aggression, anxiety resembling obsessive-compulsive disorder, repetitive patterns of behavior
    Symptoms that always occur with obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd):
    anxiety resembling obsessive-compulsive disorder, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Thoughts of Suicide

  • Q.Do you have periods of feeling very energetic and not requiring much sleep?
  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Q.Are you having difficulty concentrating or thinking through daily activities?
  • Q.Which of the following describe the burn?

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Thoughts of Suicide Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced thoughts of suicide have also experienced:

    • 18% Depressed Mood
    • 14% Self - Injury
    • 8% History of Deliberate Self - Harm
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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