Three Things You Need To Know About Suicide | Robin Williams
Shock, Disbelief, Confusion…. those are a few of the words that I heard in reaction to the untimely death of Oscar winning actor Robin Williams. Two of his films are on my list of favorites: Ms. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting. His characters made me laugh as well as cry as I watched them. Sadly, for most individuals like Robin Williams suicide is preventable if there is appropriate intervention. There are a few common risk factors for suicidal individuals. The three things that you need to know about suicide are the following:
1) History of Mental Disorders. Often times when an individual suffers from reoccurring mental disorders such as depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder, addictions (alcohol or substance abuse or dependence), schizophrenia; borderline or antisocial personalities disorder to name a few they can be vulnerable to suicidal ideations. Usually there has also been a previous suicide attempt and/or a family history of attempted or completed suicide and at times a serious medical condition is present.
2) Inescapable crisis. There are some individuals who view their life circumstance or dilemma as unavoidable and feel a complete loss of control. In these cases, there are some feelings and thoughts that they may experience and even communicate to those close to them (ie. Can’t see themselves as worthwhile, can’t see a future without pain, can’t seem to get control, can’t make the sadness go away).
3) Prolonged Isolation. Often times this is more of a “feeling” of being cut off from other people over a sustained period of time. The individual can also feel that the “black internal hole” or emptiness that they feel is so deep and painful, that they develop the belief that others just don’t get them which can become stronger over time. At times because of this belief there can be an unwillingness to seek help for them.
There are risk factors that are present in individuals who are suicidal. Did you also know that 50% to 75% of all people who attempt suicide tell someone about their intention? If you or someone you know has the above risk factors, you want to ask direct questions (i.e. are you thinking about harming yourself or committing suicide?) and you also want to help them seek treatment by being encouraging versus arguing with them. You can reach Depression Counseling of Orlando with Life Counseling Solutions at 407-622-1770 or email us at [email protected].