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Two Psychiatrists Share Advice About How To Talk To Someone Who Seems At Risk For Suicide : Goats and Soda

John W. Poole/NPR hide caption toggle caption John W. Poole/NPR An abandoned house appears over a snow-covered hill in the old town of Kangeq, Greenland. John W. How do you help someone who is at risk of suicide? That's a question that haunts the people of Greenland, the country with the highest known rate of suicide in the world and the subject of a special NPR report this week. But it's a question that anyone, anywhere, might ask. MORE ON GREENLAND: This story is part of our special report on Greenland, whose suicide rate is among the highest in the world. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide has been steadily increasing in the U.S. since 1999. But for every person who dies by suicide, there are many, many more who struggle with suicidal thoughts. NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

People with bipolar have high and low moods, known as mania and depression, which differ from the typical ups and downs most people experience. If left untreated, the symptoms usually get worse. However, with a strong lifestyle that includes self-management and a good treatment plan, many people live well with the condition. With mania, people may feel extremely irritable or euphoric. People living with bipolar may experience several extremes in the shape of agitation, sleeplessness and talkativeness or sadness and hopelessness.

People’s symptoms and the severity of their mania or depression vary widely. Symptoms. Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder, and other mental disorders, should only be diagnosed by a medical doctor, clinical psychologist, or other trained health provider who has spent time with the teenager and has conducted a proper mental health assessment.

Bipolar Disorder

Diagnoses are complicated with many nuances. Please do not attempt to diagnose someone based on the symptoms you read in magazines or on the internet. If you are concerned, speak to a trained health professional. There are two types of Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar I Disorder: The teenager must experience at least one manic episode, although he or she will likely also experience depressive episodes.Bipolar II Disorder: The teenager must experience at least one depressive episode and one hypomanic episode.

Hypomanic Episodes These are similar to manic episodes and last for four consecutive days or longer, but don’t significantly interfere with the person’s ability to live his or her life. Cutting. Listen How Does Cutting Start?


Cutting often begins on an impulse. It's not something the person thinks about ahead of time. Shauna says, "It starts when something's really upsetting and you don't know how to talk about it or what to do. But you can't get your mind off feeling upset, and your body has this knot of emotional pain. Natalie, a high-school junior who started cutting in middle school, explains that it was a way to distract herself from feelings of rejection and helplessness she felt she couldn't bear. Sometimes self-injury affects a person's body image. You can't force someone who self-injures to stop.

Pressured to Cut? Girls and guys who self-injure are often dealing with some heavy troubles. Tia tried cutting because a couple of the girls at her school were doing it. If you have a friend who suggests you try cutting, say what you think. Lindsay had been cutting herself for 3 years because of abuse she suffered as a child. ASIF Adolescent Self Injury Foundation. Self assessment. ASIF Adolescent Self Injury Foundation. Tuesday, March 1st is SELF INJURY AWARENESS DAY (SIAD)!!

ASIF Adolescent Self Injury Foundation

This is an internationally recognized day to raise awareness about self injury by educating people who do not self injure and reaching out to people who do. Find out below how you can help. Join the Adolescent Self Injury Foundation in supporting Self Injury Awareness Day on March 1, 2016. Here is what you can do to start the dialogue about self injury: Post a butterfly on your facebook wall with a link to Discuss self injury on Twitter #ASIFstopcutting Write LOVE on your arms, wear some orange clothing Draw a butterfly, or place temporary tattoo of a butterfly on your hand, arm, or wrist Contact your local radio station to ask listeners to participate THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR WEBSITE AND LEARNING ABOUT ADOLESCENT SELF INJURY.

The Adolescent Self Injury Foundation, Inc. WELCOME! Challenges are what makes life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ASIF can help you... Cutting and Self-Harm. Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.