Monday, August 16, 2010

Suicide, Chronic Pain, Real People

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 National Suicide Depression  Hotline 

I encountered an uncommon situation Friday morning when I was reading blogs: a blogger's suicide attempt. I subscribe to every migraine blog I can find, but I'm not as connected with some of the bloggers as I am with others. One of the bloggers I know least well posted something vague saying she had taken too many sleeping pills. It was followed by a relatively coherent, well thought out suicide note. She updated later that night that a family member learned of her distress and took her for treatment. I want to get that out of the way up front because this isn't the kind of story to tell in a suspenseful way.

As I reflected on the situation all that day I just kept hoping it was a cry for help rather than the real thing. I didn't have any way to contact her or even know her name. I had no choice but to wait and hope. I prayed and asked others to pray. I knew people love her and would miss her. I also knew she was suffering. That I know very well. But I also kept thinking how much good there is in life despite all of that. Someone choosing suicide obviously does not see things that way. The brain of a person attempting suicide clearly does not weigh the pros and cons and make a reasoned out decision the way the rest of us do. It has already decided it has no other options. If you are in that place tell someone. Tell a doctor. Tell your therapist. Tell your best friend, your spouse or your cousin. Call 1-800-273-TALK, the National Suicide Depression Hotline. Of course you feel you have no choices. Please trust me when I say you do. You don't have to believe it right now. Just give a mental health professional a chance to help you see it. You don't have to fight this alone.

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