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Feeling Suicidal?

By Alex Strande, MS, Ph.D.


Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicide is often committed out of despair, the cause of which can be attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcoholism, or drug abuse. Stress factors such as financial difficulties or troubles with interpersonal relationships often play a significant role. Over one million people die by suicide every year.

The World Health Organization estimates that it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide. And the National Safety Council rates it sixth in the U.S. It is a leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35. The rate of suicide is far higher in men that in women, with males worldwide three to four times more likely to kill themselves than females.

Where there is a feeling of being suicidal, there is depression and anxiety as well. The three quite happily co-exist like partners. Anxiety, though, has a different quality of energy. Depression has a heavy energy to it; and almost palpable gravitational pull that draws you inwards and downwards. Anxiety, on the other hand, makes you feel uptight, panicky, scattered and ungrounded. The literal meaning of anxiety is “twisted rope,” and that’s often how we feel when we are apprehensive about the future or feeling out of control.

In various studies a significant association was found between suicidality and underlying medical conditions including chronic, mild brain injury, or traumatic brain injury. The prevalence of increased suicidality persisted after adjusting for depressive illness and alcohol abuse. In patients with more than one medical condition, the risk was particularly high, suggesting a need for increased screening for suicidality in general medical settings.

Sleep disturbances such as insomnia and sleep apnea have been cited in various studies as risk indicators for depression and suicide. In some instances the sleep disturbance itself may be the risk factor independent of depression. A careful medical evaluation is recommended for all people presenting with psychiatric symptoms as many medical conditions present with psychiatric symptomatology. The major medical conditions presenting with psychiatric symptoms in order of frequency were infectious, pulmonary, thyroid, diabetic, hematopoietic, hepatic and CNS diseases.

Conservative estimates are that 10% of all psychological symptoms may be due to undiagnosed medical conditions, with the results of one study suggesting that about 50% of individuals with a serious mental illness have general medical conditions that are largely undiagnosed and untreated and may cause or exacerbate psychiatric symptoms.

Poisonous drugs also known as prescribed pharmaceuticals do not cure anything or anybody. They might temporarily relieve something, that is all. The fastest and the only way to get rid of feeding suicidal is to nourish the organ involved; central nerve system/brain. Selected liquid herbs and amino acids do just that. Dr. Strande has saved many lives over the past 30 years by using therapeutic doses of natural nutrients. Visits can be scheduled by telephone to interstate and international patients. Face-to-face visits are available to those in the Southern California area.

Aleksander Strande, ND, PhD, is a microbiologist and a naturopath. His special interests are: difficult-to-help conditions. His office is located at 3017 Clairemont Dr. in San Diego (Clairemont Village Center next to Keil’s Grocery). Call (619) 607-4211 for questions and appointments. Visit: www.simplyhealingclinic.com