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Suicidal Thoughts (cont.)

Prognosis

The outcome for a person experiencing suicidal thoughts depends on the cause of the thoughts and the associated conditions.

  • The occasional thought about death without the worrisome symptoms can be ignored.
  • Many people having suicidal thoughts are depressed. For those diagnosed with depression, the prognosis is good for a full recovery with depression treatment in the form of antidepressant medication and counseling, including counseling on how to stop suicidal and other self-destructive thoughts.
  • For those with alcohol or drug problems, recovery can be long and difficult, but it can be done.
  • Those with more severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia may hope for great improvement in their disease with the aid of medication and regular psychiatric care.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014

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