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Suicidal Thoughts (cont.)

Follow-up

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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