Brain Injuries and Suicide Category
Where brain injuries and suicide are concerned, the following are some of the risk factors: depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, lower levels of psychosocial functioning, aggressive behavior, and those with poor decision making skills. Other risk factors are panic attacks, issues with anger, memory loss and impaired thinking, substance abuse and drug use, tendency to withdraw from society and impulsive behavior.
Mental health disorders are a major factor contributing to suicides as well. Also having pre-injury problems such as a seizure disorder, (either pre or post injury), bipolar disease, personality disorder, psychosis, history of psychiatric illness or history of suicide in other family members.
Other issues relating to the risk of suicide is a general feeling of hopelessness; sufferer may also have a perception of loss, experience isolation, have poor family relationships, suffer from loneliness, experience lack of initiative, have feelings of extreme fatigue, have few friends, no significant other, inability to get a job, cognitive issues, feelings of low self-worth, feelings of unhappiness and those who may be likely to engage in high risk behaviors.
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The largest percentage of brain injury sufferers at risk for attempted suicide or suicide are males in the 25 – 35 year age range. Suicides and attempted suicides are particularly high amongst soldiers in the military. The rate has increased despite programs for suicide prevention and intervention particularly since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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In order to help a friend or family member decrease the risk of suicide, what can we do? It is necessary to identify any psychiatric or psychological issues. If any are suspected, contact a Mental Health Association with your concerns. Other issues leading to a high risk situation are economic problems, inability to adjust to their disability, pre-injury problems such as a dysfunctional and chaotic family background and a lower economic status.
It is also important to be aware of any non-verbal behaviors or cues, to maintain contact with the person and be aware of their whereabouts, encourage communication, avoid arguments, help establish a safety net, let others know of the risk potential, encourage counseling, try to identify triggers that may initiate suicidal thoughts, recognize their moods and to provide alternatives to high risk behaviors.
Most head injury sufferers are definitely not predisposed to suicide. However, if the patient is at high risk, it is important to be aware of this so that measures can be taken to ensure his/her safety.
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