Overdosing as a Suicide Attempt

Overdosing as a Suicide Attempt

An attempt at suicide is a person’s way of ending unbearable pain. Fortunately, there are many ways to help those who attempt suicide through drug overdose. Patients can recover and live happy lives.

Warning Signs of a Suicide Attempt

While any one sign of suicide does not mean a person is suicidal, any combination may suggest a person needs help. The following symptoms can give you insights about what to look out for:

  • Language suggesting a suicide threat
  • Behaviors that put a person at risk or are irrational
  • Changes in mood and personality; fluctuations in moods
  • Depression
  • Expressions of guilt or shame
  • Changes in appearance
  • Obsession with death
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Expressions of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Giving away possessions
  • Lack of interest in future plans

If a person has had a previous suicide attempt, you should speak up as soon as you see any of the symptoms.

Why People Attempt Suicide

Each person’s reason for attempting suicide is unique, but there are some common factors for many suicide attempts. These include the following:

  • Depression – when severely depressed, people are suffering and feel hopeless to relieve their problems.
  • Mental health issues such as psychosis and schizophrenia.
  • Drug or alcohol-induced impulsiveness – when under the influence of drugs or alcohols, people do not think clearly and often make poor choices.
  • Desperation – a cry for help, a sense of helplessness, or a deep-seated feeling of hopelessness can all cause an attempt at suicide.
  • Prevent ongoing suffering – particularly relevant to a person who has a terminal illness, the idea of enduring what the future holds when the eventual outcome is death may motivate some to reach the outcome sooner.

How to Talk with Someone about Suicide

If you suspect that someone is considering suicide, you want to act immediately and cautiously. Don’t second guess yourself and wonder whether you are overreacting to what you are observing. Trust your instincts that something is wrong and do the following:

  • Intervene – talk with the person about your concerns
  • Remain calm and avoid judgment – ask questions about how the person is feeling and what her thoughts and plans might be. If she has a pretty solid plan for suicide in place, seek immediate professional help.
  • Be there – while you do not want to leave the person alone, even if he requests, be sure to let the person understand that by being there you are not supporting or condoning his thoughts and plans.

Help for Suicide Attempts through Overdose

Finding the right treatment program for those who attempt suicide can be an overwhelming experience. You may want advice to determine the most appropriate treatment. While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatment programs. We are here to help.