Posts Tagged ‘Suicidal Ideologies’

Be Kind – You Don’t Know The Struggles Of Another

December 27, 2022

A well written article from CNN about how depression, a medical condition, impacts the lives and deaths of people struggling with it. PLEASE READ.

Some particular statements I found poignant:

  • “Just because you can’t see it inside someone, doesn’t mean the pain they are experiencing isn’t real or overwhelming.”
  • “With cancer, you see people you love deteriorating on the outside. When someone struggles with mental health issues, you often don’t see it.”
  • “There’s a big difference between wanting to end your pain and wanting to end your life. But some of those who struggle with mental illness may not be able to see the difference.”
  • “Stop assuming you know what someone else’s life is like, or what it’s like to live in their head. You have no idea what somebody else’s life is like. And neither do I. You have no idea what pain or trauma a huge smile may be hiding.”

If someone has depression or even occasional suicidal ideologies, offering support instead of criticism is always the best way to go. You do not, can not, know how much someone is struggling with their demons. As Ellen says, “Be kind.”

Those who I know who should read this the most won’t even bother. They will consider themselves better even when they have struggled with their demons.

The Risk of Suicide

September 5, 2020

I recently saw this posted online:

I recently saw this Statistic online.. Given my history I’m not surprised, but is it true?

What my research shows is that a Dutch study published in October 2019. found that women with Fibromyalgia have a 10-fold increase in risk for suicide.

“Our data show that both suicidal ideation and the risk of suicide were higher in both patient groups compared with the controls, but they were highest in patients with fibromyalgia. Depression was the factor most strongly associated with both suicidal ideation and the risk of suicide. Examining the characteristics of both patient groups, it was apparent that pain intensity and physical health were similar but that the severity of depression and mental health status were significantly worse among patients with fibromyalgia. Sleep quality was poor in both groups but was worse among patients with fibromyalgia.”

Anothervarticle expands in that, claiming mutiple studies support this, but I have not found additional studies. This same articles states that Fibromites are about three times more likely than other chronic pain patients. Given he lack of confirmation of the first comment, I’m not sure how reliable the second claim is.

Multiple studies conducted as a result of the Dutch research has encountered a slightly different conclusion. These additional studies have determine that while yes, Women with Fibromyalgia do have an increase risk of suicide. However, this statistic is only accurate within a sub-set of this. They determined that women with Fibromyalgia who *also* have depression are ar a 10 tunes increase in the risk of suicide.

The most recent independent study shows a mild to moderate risk of a suicide in fibromyalgia patients. This study also, unlike previous, takes into account other factors including age, gender, occupation status, monthly income, NSAID use, and comorbidities. .

My Conclusion: People with Fibro have no more risk of suicide than other chronic pain patients. But people with Fibro AND depression/anxiety are at significant risk of suicidal ideologies.

However, it is important to remember that fibromyalgia and depression are strongly related. Patients with fibromyalgia frequently suffer from a comorbid major depressive disorder,

When treating women with fibromyalgia, doctors should be on the lookout for depression and warning signs of suicide, according to a new study.

Source articles:

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/730633

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3998848/

https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2018/9/22/fibromyalgia-and-the-high-risk-of-suicide

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5591103/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3998848/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fibromyalgia-suicide-idUSTRE66F3JJ20100716

https://journals.lww.com/md-journal/fulltext/2016/11010/increased_risk_of_a_suicide_event_in_patients_with.20.aspx