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Your friend should definitely discuss this with her doctor as suicidal ideation can be a symptom that resolves with proper treatment. I understand her concern about involuntary treatment but she should be aware that having suicidal thoughts does not necessarily men a person is in imminent danger (the reason involuntary admissions are used). A suicide risk assessment normal includes an assessment of not only the presence of suicidal ideation but also the intention to act (making plans) and the capacity to act (so having a means readily available). Normally if a person states clearly that they have no intention of acting upon th e thoughts then the risk is not assessed as requiring immediate intervention (although her risk would still be considered to be elevated). Chronic suicidality isn't a diagnosis in its own right but it can be common to Depression and also Borderline Personality Disorder. Also, suicide is not always seen as a mental health issue anyway - in some cultures suicide is an accepted act. It is not uncommon for people with serious and chronic physical illnesses to experience frequent suicidal ideation and if your friend is managing a serious illness she really deserves to be supported by a professional who specializes in assisting people in her situation. Does she currently see anyone for support?
THANKS FOR THAT.....IT MAKES ALOT OF SENSE. DOES THE SAME THING GO FOR HITTING(IE SHE HITS HERSELF AT TIMES WHEN SHE FEELS ANGRY)....DO THEY HAVE TO REPORT THIS?
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