Suicidal thoughts are commonly a symptom of a larger behavioral health disorder. A person experiencing suicidal thoughts actively engages in thinking about mortality and mentally visualizes death and dying as it currently relates to them. According to Mental Health America, 90% of suicides are attributable to a mental illness, most often depression. In addition to depression, suicidal thoughts may also be a sign of one or more of the following behavioral health disorders or circumstances:
- Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depressive disorder)
- General sadness and hopelessness
Treatment of patients experiencing suicidal thoughts and any of the disorders commonly associated with them focuses on evaluating the way in which the individual copes and providing them with a set of healthy and positive coping mechanisms.
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