In the past, when I would interview members of well-spouse support groups the topic of suicide was one that was never discussed. However, I always felt it was in the air, just hovering above the group and something very often hinted at in our discussions. Talk of self-neglect, of deliberately doing things detrimental to one’s health and avoiding things that were healthy, would come up repeatedly.
I ask any caregiver, or anyone in a painful situation, who shares these kinds of thoughts to please mention it to your doctor. Antidepressants can help you tremendously in your ability to cope and can change how you meet your day. Get the number of a crisis hotline so you have someone to talk to, someone with the skills to help you. And get into a support group so you are not alone. These suicidal thoughts might be fleeting, but you would be better off if they were not there at all.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Ann Novick
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