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Suicidal thoughts are treated like a crime: that’s why people don’t seek help.

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Barbarannamated

That exact thing happened to me.  

 

It was early 2000s while in the depths of a 10 year work comp lawsuit for a neck injury that I later learned was caused, at least in part, by a neuromuscular reaction to Zoloft (rhabdomyolysis and also dystonias).  

 

I had a good, years long relationship with my pain doctor.  At an appointment, I was honest in checking off a box that I did not feel ok psychologically, knowing that it would spark a needed conversation. I never mentioned suicide or anything to that effect. 

 

Rather than ANY DISCUSSION, he dialed a code and within minutes, I was being handcuffed and taken away, through the waiting room, by the police.  They kept explaining that I was not being arrested, but the handcuffs were a safety precaution. It took them several hours to get me to a psych facility where I was held.  Fortunately, the psychiatrist on duty was one of my clients and a very good man.  He did not drug me, but encouraged me to stay strong through the work comp nightmare because they do everything to break people down. 

 

I have terrible flashbacks of this.  I have to go to a new pain doc this week and the PTSD is horrible.  

 

Thank you for this post, Gia.  

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powerback

“Exactly. My sister told her GP she felt suicidal. The police took her away in hand cuffs.”

This is awful .

In my opinion the ignorance around mental health and suffering is the ultimate taboo .I could cry with the thoughts of this happening to a person .imagine the difference if a this person was comforted and hugged and said everything will be ok .we need to get a database in correlation with MIA that shows compassionate therapists and trust and understanding .we need to look out for the next generation .

I think back to what my GP wrote on a letter to a doctor in a psychiatric hospital he was sending me too when I was at the height of loosing my mind with withdrawl ,thanks to him saying halving my dose would be fine  ,it was so simple and easy for him to pass me on to the next person and then he can sit back and take some validation for me getting the " help " I needed. but to he's credit he left the letter with me and didn't demand I go . this letter will be forever with me to keep me on my path for healing .

We need to focus on the next generation of doctors and therapist that are showing signs and signal's of change of behaviour and compassion to fellow human beings .but it will be very hard in todays world because everything is money and its getting worse. the arrogance of the western world and capitalism  is disgusting and causing the mental illness . 

 

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GiaK

horrifying Barbara...it's mind-blowing how grossly counter-intuitive it is to treat people like that when they're needy and vulnerable and yet it still happens all the time. 

 

and yes,  powerback...the younger generations allow for hope for change, but I sometimes think at this point that we have to build outside the system...new infrastructures of care and support....leave the system and create something else altogether....

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GiaK

This is a new companion piece:  When suicide ceases to be taboo there will be less suicide – Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

 

Everyone should have a safe place for this deep work and thus not make the choice prematurely in despair.

We have a lot of work to do as a society before that will be possible. Until then I hold those who suicide in my heart with deep love and compassion.

https://beyondmeds.com/2018/06/19/when-suicide/  

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