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My daughter had an attempt at suicide one day before her year

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My daughter had an attempt at suicide one day before her year 12 trials taking an overdose of sleeping pills. She has never done anything like this before. What should I do? Or where should I seek council. I don't know where to turn to.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Nancy replied 7 years ago.



I am so sorry this is happening, but there is hope.


Most people who attempt suicide have depression --we know this because when we put them on antidepressant medication, they no longer want to try to kill themselves.


She needs to see a Psychiatrist and get on antidepressant medication.


Depression is a brain issue -- it's not about weakness, or being crazy -- it's a neurochemical problem. When you take antidepressant medication-- it regulates the brain's neurochemicals. This is no different than needing insulin for diabetes.


Other people who attempt suicide can have Bipolar Disorder -- that is marked by very low depressions and either very high manic episodes -- either irritability or grand times of no sleep, lots of spending, loving life (highs).


The psychiatrist will take a full history of her moods, medical issues, sleep, eating and other symptoms and make a diagnosis and prescribe medication.


Email back if you have further questions or you want to run the medication by me.



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