Does chronic pain cause increase suicidal thoughts?

Are you at risk?

According to the National Library of Medicine, individuals with any chronic illness are twice as likely to take their own life than someone who does not deal with such illnesses. Are you at risk? What can be done?

“Suicide is a tragic reaction to stressful like situations. It may seem like there’s no way to solve your problems and that suicide is the only way to end the pain. But you can take steps to stay safe and start enjoying life again.”

~Mayo Clinic

Anyone that really knows me, knows that I have some major issues with major depression and suicidal thoughts. I have for a long time. It’s a daily battle. But, when may pain from Lupus, fibromyalgia and just every other day stresses get too much, it’s easy to slip into a spiral, downfall of despair. Even though I have fought some dark demons, knowing when it is “serious” and when to ask for help is the key to survival.

HOW TO TELL IF SOMEONE MAY BE SUICIDAL

  • * Talking about suicide or devising a plan
  • * Buying a gun or stockpiling pills
  • * Withdrawing from family and friends and wanting to be left alone
  • * Having mood swings, severe highs and lows
  • * Being preoccupied by death
  • * Feeling helpless and trapped by a situation or illness
  • * Risky or self-destructive behaviors
  • * Saying goodbye to family and friends for no apparent reason
  • * Giving away personal belongings

DOES TALKING TO SOMEONE HELP?

After I come out of a horrible episode, friends always say, “You can always talk to me”. But honestly, when I’m in the midst of an episode or in the depth of the darkness, talking doesn’t help me. Because, first of all, how can anyone really understand what I’m experiencing? People look at me and can’t see the pain; they can’t see the pressure; and they can’t know how it is to life this life. But, day to day, I rise with the sun and make the best of each day.

WHAT TO DO WHEN TALKING DOESN’T HELP?

  1. 1) Find a support group
  2. 2) Start journaling
  3. 3) Find a hobby or sport
  4. 4) Develop a safety plan
  5. 5) Seek professional help

If you are feeling overwhelmed and helpless, call 9-1-1 or the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.)

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