Inspired by the Huffington Post article, Suicide Awareness: Not Just a Depression Problem.
As the years go by I become more and more outraged at the disproportionate attention each mental disorder is given in the media. Given that the media (in this case I mean TV and newspapers/online news) is our main source of information we greatly rely on it to help shape our thoughts and views on the world. Each year brings with it it mass amounts of information on depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders with eating disorders making their break into the mainstream media greatly this past year. What about the other disorders? Each disorder brings with it’s own unique issues that require their own unique solutions. While many disorders experience the same discrimination there are still disorders that are tragically given their own “special” stereotypes. Each disorder also has it’s own statistics with some individuals fairing better than others with a different disorder. All mental disorder are serious, all need attention.
I read the above article and was curious to know about suicide and it’s relation to the other mental disorders. I do not have depression and believe me when I say that, that fact has not kept me safe from suicidal thoughts or actions. Oddly enough though, doctors seem to think that as soon as you are thinking about suicide or want to act on suicidal impulses that, that is an indicator of depression. I would strongly disagree. My experience with so-called BPD symptoms I know have been enough for me to want to end my life and I have had it confirmed by two psychiatrists that I do not have a mood disorder. Suicide is NOT just a depression problem. It is a poor mental health problem!
- 50 times higher risk of attempting suicide then the general population
- Suicide is the number 1 cause of premature death in this group
- 10%-13% of individuals living with schizophrenia will successfully end their lives
- 40% will attempt at least once
- Depression and psychosis can be a leading cause in individuals with schizophrenia ending or attempting to end their lives
Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Has a history of suicide more than other psychiatric patients
Borderline Personality Disorder
- 70% of individuals with BPD will attempt suicide at least once
- 8%-10% of individuals with BPD will complete suicide, higher than any other psychiatric group
- Suicide rate is more than 50% that of the general population
- The intense emotions, impulsivity and chronic nature of BPD may be the underlying cause of high suicide attempts and completions
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- 5%-25% of individuals with OCD have attempted suicide at least some point in their life
- Suicidal ideation may also be apart of OCD obsessive thinking
- The severity of OCD symptoms, substance use, and isolation are some factors that can heavily influence suicide attempts and completions
These are just a few of this disorders I know some of my followers experience that are not spoken about enough! Clearly more research needs to be done on Dissociative Identity Disorder!
Suicide is a real problem for many individuals with poor mental health. We all need to take responsibility for our own learning and educate ourselves because the media picks and chooses what it tells us but this is real life, we don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing. It could cost someone their life.