Originally Posted by FlickeringHope
Okay, this is a seriously important question.
What is the relationship here?
Is there anything that makes strong suicidal ideation go away? I was under the impression that a person taking anti-depressants should not experience such thoughts, at least not so severely. Even while on medication, if a person still goes through periods of having strong suicidal ideation, what does this signify? Are they taking the wrong medication? Or could it be that the dosage is off?
Or do suicidal thoughts never necessarily go away for good? Can bouts of severe major depression still occur even while on meds?
I've researched a bit, and know that antidepressants work very, very well for some who claim that it works wonders, while for many others it's no "cure" and only serves as an agent in reducing symptoms...supposedly. :/
But, in particular, it seems very wrong to me that a person might still experience suicidal ideation while on medication. :/
I've also heard the thing about suicidal thoughts increasing in teens/young adults while taking certain antidepressants. Which really does not make sense to me at all. Could this also be true of adults? I don't think I've found anything linking the same problem to adults.
Anyway, I'm just very confused. I'm hoping some of you out there could be so kind as to share your experiences with suicidal ideation while taking medication....did you have the thoughts prior to it? Did the very strong thoughts go away during medication? Or did they still sometimes occur? Or did anyone not experience suicidal thoughts until you started medication? And what, if anything, can make them go away? Any tips from therapists/doctors that you've heard in regards to reducing suicidal ideation?
Or maybe some of you out there have done a lot of research and know the answers?
Any feedback will be much appreciated. Thanks!
The medications if they work, DO make suicidal ideations go away permanently. People sometimes will have their down moments where they might be like, life sucks I wish I was dead, or the odd suicidal thought for a really bad moment, but if you are thinking about it 24/7 and it's bombarding you EVERYWHERE and I mean like literally everywhere it is because A) The medication is not working or B) The medication is causing it.
Bouts of major depression should NOT occur on the right meds, only mild-moderate. You will NOT think about suicide 24/7 if you're on the right meds, your mind just will not wander there. Or it really wander there so infrequently that even you notice.
Nobody really knows why some of these pills make you have suicidal thoughts. But they do. It's pretty rare, I'd say maybe 5-10% of them cause this. Also, a lot of people are in such a depressive state (borderline hallucinations) that when they start to feel better, they kill themselves because they actually are physically capable of doing it. It is very possible that a person SO depressed cannot even hang themselves because it requires too much energy.
Just keep it simple. Give a medication 6-8 weeks. If you think about death, suicide, have low energy, very low libido, can't concentrate, you're still depressed. Try another. If you were wrong, you can always come back to the med.