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Re: implicit suicide threats - q for Dr. Bob

Posted by sam (SamAnon) on March 28, 1999, at 8:07:28

In reply to implicit suicide threats - q for Dr. Bob, posted by Elizabeth on March 28, 1999, at 3:21:15

> > > You'd be hard pressed to kill yourself by ODing on Ativan or any other benzodiazepine...
> >
> > Not that anyone should try or anything, of course...
> Ahh, Dr. Bob, always The Responsible One. :-)
> I have trouble knowing what to say when someone on a forum like this one makes this sort of statement (you know, the ones that seem to translate to "I'm feeling suicidal but I don't want to ask for help"). I get really uncomfortable for some reason, and I usually end up either ignoring it or saying something flippant. Do you have any advice? Is there some textbook response they teach you guys on the first day of residency or something, or is it just a matter of intuition plus experience? (Or is my reaction as goofy and over-the-top as it feels?)

Unfortunately suicidal thoughts are a part of my life, but I haven't acted on them in many, many years. The last post of mine was in response to what I thought *was* a rather flippant response. I confess to having been angry at the time I wrote the post (anger unrelated to anyone's responses), and I apologize for my remarks/questions about the bullets. Sometimes the only way I can survive another day in this life is to do something weird like post a reply to a web site. What more can I say? I am at the bottom, trying to figure out how to climb back out.




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