What you need are some practical solutions

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by Aleth, Jul 15, 2008.

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  1. Aleth

    Aleth Well-Known Member

    How do you respond to someone who feels like this? :

    You are feeling suicidal because you have some serious problems which you cannot cope with and do not how to solve.

    What you need are some practical solutions and practical help.

    So, a possible scenario is . . .

    You go to your doctor, tell him/her that you are feeling suicidal.
    The doctor refers you to a counsellor or psychiatrist.
    He/she also gives you a prescription for antidepressants which (perhaps unhelpfully) anesthetise ALL of your emotions.
    The psychiatrist has you explain to them all of your problems. They cannot offer you any practical advise or support but can only "explore" the problems.
    It appears to be a dead end.
    And so there is not much point in going to your doctor in the first place.
  2. x

    x Active Member

    My degree is in Psychology and I studied some psychopathology, in addition to this I have also been on my fair share of anti depressants. I can therefore inform you your anti depressants should not have this effect. People tend to react differently to different combinations of medication so the first thing I recommend you to is talk to your doctor about the effects of the medication and ask her/him to try some different meds that will not numb all your feelings.... just the bad ones

    Practical help and support is what many people are after, sadly GPs can not always provide this. I worked briefly for the Mental Health Charity Sane which is affiliated with Sane Line. They specialise in giving practical help and support to people suffering from mental illness, which as you know, includes depression. Give Sane Line a call and they should be able to help with some pratical solutions.

    Hope this helps, regards Ryan
  3. dazzle11215

    dazzle11215 Staff Alumni

    i agree with ryan, if the meds aren't working then try something else. what helps you feel better is different for each of us. sometimes meds don't work at all. for me, anti-depressants didn't help but mood stabilizers do help. the psychiatrist is next to useless, but therapy and weekly chats with the mental health nurse are great. if you want practical, get an appointment with a community mental health nurse. they are *all* about practical.

    so, i was wondering, are you talking theoretically about meds and the psych, or from experience?
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