my doctors upped my dosage on my antidepressants and im pretty sure that’s why im having suicidal thoughts. i just got back from a psychiatric facility because i attempted and im scared i might have to go back. idk what to do.
- Thank you for sharing your story with us at TeenCentral. You showing incredible bravery by seeking out assistance. We can see that you’ve learned a lot about your medications in order to realize that sometimes new anti-depressants do cause an increase in suicidal thoughts. Typically this side effect will pass in time, but it’s disturbing and scary. It’s important to tell your doctor about the side effect so that he/she/they can help you manage the symptoms so that you DON’T have to revisit the hospital. Keep fighting for your life and your safety. Use every tool you have – and education is one of them!
- If you feel unsafe or the suicidal thoughts are becoming too strong, reach out for help. If you go to the “HELP” tab on the TeenCentral website, there are many resources listed. You are important! Your life matters! You can contact the National Suicide Hotline 24/7 by calling 1-800-2738255, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org or http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html. There is always someone prepared to help you!
- Who do you have to listen to your and support you? This may be a friend, neighbor, family member, or guidance counselor. Continue to reach out and let others support you. You may be scared and may not know what to do, so leaning on someone supportive is important. You do not need to go through this alone!
- Support is necessary when you feel you are at your lowest, when you start to have suicidal thoughts, or when you feel scared. Click on this link to make a Support Plan. Who are your supports? When do you need to reach out to them for help? Where is a safe place for you to be? What do your supports need to know about you? Think about the questions on this plan, answer them honestly, and you may find it helpful for you to plan for support during this time of your life.
- What kind of activities help you feel better? If you need help finding some ideas, look under the “TOOLS” section. Do you prefer art? Drawing, painting, or arts and crafts may help by allowing you to create something or by helping you to express your thoughts and feelings. Do you like to be active? Maybe aerobic exercise, running, or walking. Often physical exercise helps to release endorphins that help us feel better. It also may just help you set your mind free by focusing on somethings else. Try different activities and when you find something helpful stick with it.