The first step is to rule out the possibility that your symptoms are being caused by a medical condition that is not psychiatric. Among the conditions that produce symptoms similar to those of anxiety are hyperthyroidism or other endocrine problems, too much or too little calcium, low blood sugar, and certain heart problems. A thorough evaluation by your health care provider will determine if any of these conditions are the cause of your symptoms.
If no other medical culprit can be found and the...
You may think that ending your life is the only
solution. If you feel this way, you're not alone. Many people with PTSD have
thoughts about suicide. PTSD symptoms, such as having
stressful memories of your trauma, may put you at a higher risk.1
Other things that can increase your risk for
Not having social
Having a family history of suicide.
If you have thoughts about suicide, there are ways you can
get help. Talking to someone can help you see that there are other solutions.
Tell a doctor, clergy member, friend, or family member how you feel, and talk
to your doctor about counseling or medicines that can help you. Getting
treatment right away can help prevent suicide.
Planning to hurt yourself or someone
Talking or thinking a lot about killing
Having a weapon that could be used for killing