Suicidal Thoughts (cont.)
People who actually attempt suicide need close psychiatric follow-up and counseling.
- This may seem obvious, but many suicidal people do not get good follow-up treatment and often end up thinking of suicide (or even attempting it) again.
- Follow-up usually consists of counseling and medication for depression.
- Family therapy for teens with suicidal thoughts may be particularly helpful.
Keeping follow-up appointments in the case of suicidal thoughts is so important that the referring health-care provider will likely contact the consultant before discharging the person from the office or the emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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