Bipolar Disorder Articles and Stories

Suicide



    According to an article on the ABC News website,[1] there is the "old Sherry" and the "new Sherry" -- the depressed girl who had electroshock treatment after two suicide attempts, and the woman who learned to make a commitment to living.


    [1] http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/subtle-suicide-claims-risk-takers-drug-abusers/story?id=10771630

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    Suicide is one of the greatest risks for someone with bipolar disorder.  When they are in a normal or manic episode, they usually will not consider it; however, when in a depressed episode, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can become overwhelming, and suicidal thoughts given serious consideration.

    Being a supporter of a loved one with bipolar disorder, I'm sure you're concerned about their well-being, especially when they go into episodes.  The best way to prevent their episodes is through the use of bipolar medications.  Without them, your loved one is in danger – they may even experience suicidal thoughts.

    Did you know that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 20% of people with bipolar disorder will kill themselves?  That means that 1 in 5 people will die by their own hand!  I know that if you have bipolar disorder, or have a loved one who does, this might seem like a high (and frightening) statistic to you.  However, do not be alarmed, as I am going to tell you how to avoid death from bipolar disorder.

    There is a very good chance that your loved one with bipolar disorder could kill themselves.  Statistics show that nearly half of the people with the disorder will attempt suicide at least once, and 1 in 5 will actually succeed.  I'm not trying to frighten you; just trying to warn you that bipolar disorder can be fatal for those who have it. You must take the threat of suicide very seriously when you're dealing with a loved one who has bipolar disorder.

    Many people struggle with depression.  Depression itself can be as simple as a sign of a bad day (or few days), or it can be a sign of something bigger – a psychiatric illness such as major depression or bipolar disorder.  How, then, can we tell the difference between major depression and bipolar disorder?