How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Bonnie Your Own Question

Dr. Bonnie
Dr. Bonnie, Psychologist and RN
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 2181
Experience:  35 years experience counseling children and families
37122071
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Dr. Bonnie is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

If I tell my psychiatrist that I am having thoughts of suicide,

Resolved Question:

If I tell my psychiatrist that I am having thoughts of suicide, are they under any legal obligation to report this to anyone or authority?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 4 years ago.
No, they do not have a legal obligation to report it. They have a ethical obligation to assess further and recommend hospitalization if you are too close to acting on a realistic plan (i.e., buying ammunition for your gun to carry out the plan). Then, they need to find you a safe place. It is considered a medical emergency. This would not happen if you have thoughts but no plan and good reasons why you would not carry out a plan.

Does this help? Because I am hoping you trust psychiatrist enough to tell him/her. It may be a medication issue.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have not gone to the buying amminition stage yet but I have started giving thought to how I could do it without my family friends having guilt. I am thinking and willing to try different medication but my fear is that by telling my psyciatrist about my increasing thouhts and concern for others guilt that she may consider this a "medical emergency" which will prevent me from telling her. I don't, wont be "locked up" So how do I handle this delicate situation?
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 4 years ago.
You cannot be involuntarily "locked up" unless you make an attempt and the police are called. Even then, it is pretty hard. (I meant to say that in the above post because I sensed that might be your fear.) Please call and mention the increased thoughts so that you can get treatment.

If you do not feel safe from yourself, then ask to be in the hospital for a few days. Insurance companies do not allow long hospital stays. The hospital is a safe and nurturing environment....not jail. You can be assessed for hospitalization in any emergency department of any hospital.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I am not sure why I don't want to be hospitalized but I just know I don't and it has nothing to do with the insurance or money. I have a therapist I speak to on the phone, for about 2 years now, and I gave her permission to call my psychiatrist. I called my psychiatrist also but was only able to leave a message. That is when I got this fear of telling her the truth, which, of course, would make it impossible for her to help me. I want to be truthful so I may receive help as an out-patient. FYI, I have always considered suicide an option for the very depressed.
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 4 years ago.
So it is part of your belief system that suicide is a valid way to solve a bonifide health problem (depression) that has other effective treatments? Would you like to change that way of thinking?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
good question. I will always listen to opposing beliefs and then decide from there. I do want you to know that I have given this years of thought and feel qualified more than ever to have this way of thinking. Sure.
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 4 years ago.

Current Cognition: Suicide is an answer to problem of severe depression.

Changed Cognition: Severe depression is a familial, chemical illness for which

many medications are available; Medication coupled with therapy are effective treatments for depression; Suicide effects family members forever (not just the guilt, but the loss of a loved one); Their live are forever changed. There is hope for the severely depressed. Suicide is permanent.

This is simplistic, I know and only designed to demonstrate the cognitive behavioral process. I don't know how your therapy is conducted but this kind of thought changing can be the focus of therapy, if you want to change the thought. If we change our way of thinking about something (suicide is the only solution to no, it is not there is hope), it might change the way be feel (relieve hopelessness, the core of depression).

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
From your answer you are saying deprssion is from a famillal and you later say the feel of hoplessness is the core of depression, which one is it? To me they are two different things, one being chemical and the other being a feeling or condition. I still believe that for a long term depressed person suicide is an option.

I am tired of feeling this way, faking and faking hapiness for others. I have lost all of the few true passions in my life and I am basically tired. My list of things I should try and do are overwhelming and I am not sure what for. Is it worth every free moment from work ($) being devoted to "healing?" I am 48, gay, live alone with my now 1 dog and spend my free time looking at porn if I am not going to a doctor for my mental health it is for my physical problems. I know my physical problems are less than lots but to me it has changed my life drastically. Because of the medication and their sexual side effects porn or desire for another partner, the last one was about 7 years ago, is gone as well.

Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 4 years ago.
The predisposition for depression is familial. Hopelessness is a symptom of depression. The other symptoms are anhedonia (not enjoying things anymore), being tired, social isolation. If you current treatment is not effective it may be time for a change.

Take one thing at a time...first, talk to psychiatrist and address the medication issue.
Dr. Bonnie, Psychologist and RN
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 2181
Experience: 35 years experience counseling children and families
Dr. Bonnie and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education