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    Post: Clinicians failed to prevent suicide attempt

    Posted by Dmitriy Y. on 1/21/16

    I was discharged from my local hospital's psychiatric unit
    after a 10 day stay for psychosis. I come out and begin to
    feel very depressed; I cry, self-esteem drops to the lowest
    ever, hopeless, don't get out of bed, read suicide methods,
    think frequently about suicide, etc. I told my therapist
    about my depression but she didn't take it seriously and
    told me it's just seasonal depression. The only thing she
    cared about is whether I'd act on my thoughts. I told her no
    because I wasn't feeling like I had the courage to do it.
    When I saw the psychiatrist he asked me why I had the
    thoughts and then told me to take myself to the hospital if
    I feel l I will act. Well, that didn't happen because I
    wanted to kill myself, not save myself. Why would I take
    myself to the hospital in this state? Then one day I told my
    therapist I had strong suicidal thoughts and all she does is
    act silent and then tell me she won't be seeing me because
    there isn't enough therapists. What the hell? So shortly
    after, a couple weeks, I seriously attempt suicide but fail.
    Then I attempt suicide again and almost die. The second one
    left me in the hospital with severe muscle loss and pressure
    injuries in many places of my body. I am now deformed and
    have a permanent ulnar nerve damage which resulted in
    atrophied left hand.

    Do I have any basis to sue the practice my psychiatrist and
    therapist are with, or not? I've had all the signs I was
    very depressed and having told them I was reading suicide
    methods could it not be more clear that I will attempt
    suicide? I've had several recent hospitalizations for
    psychosis and paranoid schizophrenia. Shouldn't the doctor
    and/or therapist have conducted a comprehensive, humane, and
    personal evaluation of suicidal risk for me?

    Consider reading this too:
    First, therapists tend to feel uncomfortable with the
    subject; they find it difficult to explore and investigate
    suicidal risk: "We don't want to hear about it. We discount
    it. But any indication of risk or intention must be
    addressed." Second, we must appreciate that each client is a
    unique person: "Each person becomes suicidal in his or her
    own framework. The person's point of view is crucial."
    Third, we tend to forget the preventive factors: "Clinicians
    run scared at the thought of suicide. They fail to recognize
    the true resources."

    Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the patient and
    his or her suicide risk. Ask about:
    Consider hospitalizing at-risk patients. If you decide
    against hospitalization, provide a comprehensive safety
    plan. In the gun owner’s case, such a plan would include
    arranging with the family to remove firearms. Implement
    additional anti-suicide precautions, such as more-intensive
    outpatient therapy or involving family members in treatment.
    Document suicide risk assessment

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