Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
The treatment for suicidal thoughts might range from gentle reassurance to hospital admission.
In some cases, the person is sent home with instructions to return if the thoughts become persistent, symptoms of depression become evident, or the person otherwise has difficulty coping with their feelings or with situations in a healthy manner.
In this case, follow-up with a mental-health
professional is usually arranged within 48 hours.
If the person's suicidal thoughts or other tendencies are believed to be of a dangerous nature, follow-up is likely to be immediate with admission to the hospital.
If someone is admitted to the hospital because of suicidal thoughts, he or she undergoes extensive evaluation by a psychiatrist and is often started on medication and scheduled for follow-up counseling
with a therapist.
From the doctor's perspective, suicidal thoughts are
always to be taken seriously and evaluated thoroughly. Predicting suicide is difficult.
People who actually commit suicide are usually
They often have alcohol or drug abuse
Many are diagnosed with schizophrenia -- a serious
Many commit suicide in response to difficulties in
By the same token, most depressed people, people with drug or alcohol problems, and those with schizophrenia never attempt suicide.