What is the association between bipolar disorder, and suicide? Signed: Bipolar suicide risk
There is an association between mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, and suicide. Mood disorders are the most common psychiatric conditions associated with suicide. And the risk of suicide for someone with a mood disorder increases if that person is not getting any kind of treatment. There does seem to be an elevated rate of suicide in people with bipolar disorder particularly when they are in a depressed phase. And when people with bipolar disorder are in mixed states (both manic and depressed) or are severely depressed, they are more likely to contemplate, attempt, or even complete suicide.
If you think you may have bipolar disorder, it is important to meet with a mental health professional so you can get an accurate diagnosis and find out your treatment options based on that diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, FX recommends you discuss with your treatment provider the best treatment options for you and make sure you continue to engage in some kind of treatment – especially if your symptoms seem to be worsening. Treatment might include individual and/or family therapy, as well as medication management with some kind of a mood stabilizer. If you have suicidal thoughts or think you may try to harm yourself in any way, discuss this with your treatment provider immediately.
If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.
If you get to the point that you are seriously considering suicide or are afraid of your impulses then you need to seek help immediately. You can call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. In northern New Jersey you can also call the crisis hotline from Morristown Memorial hospital at 973-540-0100. Outside this area call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), available 24 hours a day, or the Suicide & Crisis Hotline, 1-800-999-9999, 24 hours, 7 days a week.