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post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), your symptoms
can be overwhelming. You may be thinking about harming yourself, or even
Sometimes people with PTSD also
panic attacks, severe
anxiety, or a
substance use problem. This may put you at a higher
risk for suicide.
You may think that ending your life is the only
solution. If you feel this way, you're not alone. Many people with PTSD have
thoughts about suicide. PTSD symptoms, such as having
stressful memories of your trauma, may put you at a higher risk.footnote 1
Other things that can increase your risk for
suicide include:footnote 1
If you have thoughts about suicide, there are ways you can
get help. Talking to someone can help you see that there are other solutions.
Tell a doctor, clergy member, friend, or family member how you feel, and talk
to your doctor about counseling or medicines that can help you. Getting
treatment right away can help prevent suicide.
If you think your spouse or a loved one is at risk for
If you have warning signs of suicide, go to the hospital, call 911, or call a suicide hotline (1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255) now.
If your loved one is planning to attempt suicide, call a suicide hotline or 911, or take your loved one to the hospital. Try to get him or her to agree
not to attempt suicide.
For more information, see the topic
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2012). Suicide and PTSD. A National Center for PTSD fact sheet. Available online: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/ptsd-suicide.asp.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Current as ofFebruary 4, 2015
Current as of:
February 4, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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