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As an individual with lived experience of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation, I was so happy to see “Staying Safe from Suicidal Thoughts” (StayingSafe.net) launched by 4 Mental Health last month. What makes this online resource different from other websites offering support to those in distress is the manner in which it offers genuine compassion, kindness, and simple practical ways to help keep people safer from thoughts of harm and suicide.
As I am aware from my own personal experience, people with suicidal thoughts don’t usually want to terminate their life, they may just want an end to their emotional or physical pain. The impulse to end one’s life may be short lived, or seem to be the only way to deal with mental suffering. Hence the importance of positive means of support and tools or interventions, such as StayingSafe.net, which might act as the tipping point back to safety. The website itself encourages people in distress to seek support from others, affirming that they deserve this, and shouldn’t have to deal with what they are going through alone. There are emotionally powerful and informed videos from people with personal experience of depression and suicidal ideation, and compassionate clinicians offer advice on how to get through difficult feelings and recover.
Although paranoia is the most commonly presenting symptom of psychosis, paranoid thoughts occur frequently in the general population and range widely in severity, from mild socio-evaluative concerns to frank delusions about the harmful intentions of others. Furthermore, paranoia commonly appears after a surprisingly diverse range of difficulties including trauma, brain injury, sleep deprivation, drug use, and psychiatric and neurological disorder. Evolutionary accounts of paranoia have been proposed before but have largely focused on paranoia as a misplaced threat response. Although social threat is clearly a key component, the experience of paranoia is markedly more complex than these accounts would lead us to believe: paranoia can involve multiple alterations in the perception of the social environment, the identification of specific but seemingly arbitrary groups as the source of persecution, and extended beliefs about conspiracy and complex coordination between the perceived persecutors. Here, we argue for an evolutionary approach to paranoia that more fully accounts for its complex social phenomenology and considers how it can be understood in light of our evolved social cognition. More specifically, in terms of the ability to form coalitions and coordinate between groups in situations of cooperation and competition.
Changes in sleep patterns are common among college students. A study in Norway found increases in insomnia and other sleep problems, especially in female students.
Studies of the use of ketamine for depression revealed that the agent induces a rapid reduction in depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in most patients.
Telepsychiatry services for elderly patients may increase access to geriatric specialists, reduce travel time for both providers and patients, and reduce healthcare costs.
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