Questions that Psych's Ask (Sucidal)

Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by downunder, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. downunder

    downunder Well-Known Member

    When the psych asks you how long do you think about suicide, does anybody know what this means.

    If you answer fleeting thoughts, is that a better answer than if you answer for an hour etc?

    What does the different time responses mean?

    If anyone has any other common questions that psych's ask please add them here.

    I know the common ones such as how are you eating, how are you sleeping etc, do you have a plan etc
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  2. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

    and what was the thought behind the remark? I hate it when she ask's that.....
  3. butterflies32

    butterflies32 Well-Known Member


    When I was asked that I said on and off for the past six years. they don't want times just a rough estimation. If it is everyday say everyday.

    Hope this helps.

  4. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    They are not looking for specific time lines when they ask. It is more a how often meaning daily, weekly, once in awhile, etc. They will ask if you have a plan in place and the materials to carry it out. "Do you know what's driving these thoughts?" is another common question. It is important that you be honest with them. It is the only way they can truly help. Don't try to think of the best way to answer, think of it as the honest answer. They have heard almost everything so chances are you won't shock them and they don't overreact. My psych once told me that the things I told her would cause a gp to immediately hospitalize me, but she was not overly concerned at that point. So be honest and try not to get too anxious :) :hug:
  5. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    It is best to be honest and get the help you deserve, in my opinion...J
  6. notwanting2live

    notwanting2live Well-Known Member

    i hate it when they ask you how safe do you feel, and are you planning anything now, or have you got a plan. becuase the majority of the time, im thinking of ways, and i cant tell them. ive been asked how long have ive been thinking off suicide, ive told them that when i first thought of it, and thats its never been away from my head, but in the last 3 years its been getting strogner and stronger.

    hope it helps xx
    take care
    Xx Sky xX
  7. middleofnowhere

    middleofnowhere Well-Known Member

    "Tell me more about that." "If I could wave my magic wand, what would that look like?" "What does that look like to you?" When asked if I have a plan, I always say that I have several. Hasn't gotten me committed yet.
  8. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    I hate it because if I tell them the truth they commit me :sad:

    So I can't tell them the truth most of the time :sad: and that really sucks
  9. diver200

    diver200 Senior Member

    I also never know what to answer. not from fear of committal as much as the fear that i'll just get more medications. I think they are looking for general answers. I usually say Constantly, and to the question of if I have plans, I say everywhere i go i look for opportunities, that the planning stage occupies most of my time. If asked if i feel safe, i will lie if I don't, unless i know that i need to be in hospital anyway. But hospitals are temporary fixes for long term problems, and much overrated. For now, just answer in general terms.
  10. middleofnowhere

    middleofnowhere Well-Known Member

    Yeah. You can be honest without being specific. "I have lots of plans." "I'm never safe." "I haven't been safe for years." "You don't want to know all my plans. There isn't enough time to talk about them all." Lots of ways to get around a question. Like, "I don't know." "I'm not sure how to answer that." Save the tears, if you can, for important moments.
  11. downunder

    downunder Well-Known Member

    Thanx for the responses they have really been interesting reading. She also asked "where do you want to go with life" I said, I didn't know and then said thats probably not the answer you are looking for.

    I answered that I thought about suicide everyday. She also asked was I happy thinking like this, I told her I was used to it.