What causes suicidal thoughts in the brain?
In the modern world, we are living today, it is apparent that we are bombarded with numerous stressful and demanding tasks. Along the course of evolution, our brain learns to deal with these hurdles. Unfortunately, people have different coping styles to stress.
In any given stressful situation, some people are able to carry the emotional burden, but for some, it is simply unbearable. Those who were not able to deal life the way most people do resolve in a radical solution – suicide.
Suicide, in the religious view, is an unethical and immoral act. Nonetheless, suicide is one of the leading death causes around the world.
The data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that at least one person dies every 40 seconds. In a year, approximately three-quarters of a million died. This does not include those who attempted suicide. This is happening the world.
Most of the suicide attempts and suicide incidents happen among young adults. One may wonder what is really happening. More questions than answers arise as what contributes to suicidal thoughts or suicide the most.
But one thing is clear, suicide is used, for some, as a quick escape from an emotional or psychological burden. People tend to believe that taking their own life would free them from the pain they are experiencing.
But what causes suicidal thoughts in the brain?
No one is certain about what causes suicidal thoughts in the brain. However, there are many possible causes that could trigger a suicidal thought or a suicide. The biggest one is the negative thoughts. The negative thoughts are also the result of something, an overwhelming and frustrating situation that one experiences.
It is a human nature to simply avoid pain. The mind and the brain itself is trained throughout evolution to escape hard situations. As a result, many people can’t handle a hard life experience. The only problem is that suicide becomes a seemingly or even the best way to end their turmoil.
The genetic factor may also a contributing factor to suicide. It can be inherited. It is more likely that those who committed suicide have suicide history in the family.
There are many things that could trigger the suicidal thought or suicide. Most experts believe that a person can be more prone to suicide if he/she:
- Has a prior history of suicide
- Constantly feels worthless or hopeless
- Currently experiences a painful event such as the breakup, loss of a loved one, or any big problem
- Engages in any form of addiction such as alcohol and drug
- Has some mental or psychological disorders
- Has the family history of substance abuse, violence, suicide
There are many noticeable warning signs you’ll notice on a person who is about to commit suicide. The signs may include the following:
- Always talks about taking his/her own life
- Buy something that could be used to kill himself such as guns, rope, etc.
- Ceasing to communicate with other people
- Has an unstable state of mind and emotion
- Easily get depressed or hopeless
- Increase consumption of drugs and alcohol
These are just a few signs you may notice on a suicidal person. But there are more subtle signs that you might not able to observe. This because most depressed or suicidal people tend to hide their feelings.
How to prevent or help a suicidal person? Well, there are many ways in which you can help a person to avoid deliberate death. If you see the signs, you can immediately refer the person to mental health professionals as soon as possible.
But this won’t be easy. Most often, a depressed person will not admit his/her real situation. In fact, this is the reason why most of those who committed suicide did not get any help.
Perhaps, the best thing to do is to inform the person’s immediate family members. Let them know the behavioral pattern that you’ve observed in that person. Let the relatives decide. In this little way, you can save a valuable life.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.