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Anxiety and a Suicidal Mindset

Victoria LeBlanc, MS, LCPC
Anxiety and a Suicidal Mindset

Anxiety is not depression. The two are separate conditions, and although there are similarities, they cause different symptoms and require different types of treatment.

While anxiety and depression are separate conditions, it is not uncommon for someone to experience both disorders simultaneously. One of the most concerning symptoms a person struggling with anxiety and depression may exhibit is suicidal ideation. Suicidal thoughts show that your anxiety and depression require immediate treatment, and if you feel that you have these thoughts, contact someone immediately!

Anxiety and depression are incredibly treatable conditions and the success rates to treatments are outstandingly high. 

The problem is that these conditions don't always seem treatable when you're struggling with them, and that's due to a variety of different reasons:

Despite these issues, treatment is possible. You simply need to keep reminding yourself that most of what you feel is due to the anxiety and depression, and that treating those conditions with a professional can provide relief. 

Anxiety and Depression Lumped Together

You may have noticed that we've been lumping anxiety and depression together, even though we're generally talking about a suicidal mindset as an anxiety symptom. That's because:

That's why, even if anxiety is your primary struggle, suicidal thoughts need to be considered a part of depression and treated as such. Only a trained mental health professional can properly diagnose your conditions, and if you have these suicidal thoughts you should see a counselor or psychologist immediately. There are also suicide helplines that you can call to speak with someone immediately.

How to Stop a Suicidal Mindset

See a psychologist or counselor immediately, or call a suicide helpline if you need help. In the US, the number is 1-800-273-8255. Feelings of ending one's life shouldn't be taken lightly, and because these thoughts feel natural as a symptom of anxiety and depression, it's something that you shouldn't leave to chance. Taking action now is the best thing you can do for the way you feel.

In the meantime, some strategies that experts believe will help include:

The suicidal mindset is something that needs immediate psychological intervention. Even if you feel you can cope with it on your own, it is always best to consult with someone. Seek help from trained experts and leave nothing to chance.

Article Resources
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  2. Gordon, Kathryn H., et al. The impact of the 2009 Red river flood on interpersonal risk factors for suicide. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention 32.1 (2011): 52-55. 
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