People with bipolar disorders are at risk for suicide. The manic, reckless side of bipolar disorder can present dangers to individuals that can result in ‘accidental’ suicide at the very least. When such individuals become unreasonably depressed they also become a danger to themselves and commonly entertain serious thought of committing suicide. Surprisingly enough, mixed states may be yet more dangerous. The unhappiness of depression is there as well as the impulsive energy more typical of mania. This can prove to be a deadly self-destructive combination. In the rare case of bipolar disorder that develops into psychosis delusional behavior and hallucination episodes can lead to suicide.
Suicide is a very real risk for people with bipolar disorder, whether they’re in a manic or depressive episode — 10%-15% of people with bipolar disorder kill themselves.
About 15 per cent of people with bipolar disorder manage to kill themselves. It is a distinct possibility whether the patient is manic or depressive. Suicide attempts by people with bipolar disorder are yet more common. It’s a frightening fact, but preventive and emergency treatments can serve to lower risks factors considerably.
Because most bipolar experience considerable periods of rational behavior an emergency self-care plan is a good idea. This can be put into action when symptoms initially appear. A realization on the part of the patient that their condition may sometimes cloud their judgement is a crucial component of such a plan. These strategies may help.
If thoughts of suicide enter the mind, contact an Orange County therapist, a suicide hotline or health care provider such as a psychiatric social worker at once
Get in touch with friends and family
Try to remain calm and in one place until arrives
Take a single dose of any medication designed to alleviate your symptoms (this may not be feasible for certain patients, especially those with drug dependency)
Interventions into acute episodes of bipolar disorder use just some of the same treatment strategies that are designed to prevent symptoms from occurring. Anti-psychotic drugs can alleviate extreme symptoms if psychosis is present. Anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines can address extreme agitation. Although it is the object of considerable controversy Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is still used to treat bipolar disorders. ECT is a psychiatric treatment that employs electrical current to create seizures the central nervous system that are of short duration while a patient is anesthetized. Research points to ECT as an effective treatment for depression that is not otherwise responding to medication.
Sleep can help to stabilize the mood in some patients.
Emergency psychiatric counseling or contact with members of a support group or with members of one’s family can prove to be very therapeutic.
The patient may need to stay in an Orange County Bipolar treatment center until his or her mood has stabilized and symptoms are under control.
Keep in mind that although they can be disturbing to witness or to experience mood swings are temporary. Most individuals will feel better in time.