Clearly the links between anxiety and suicide are strong enough to be of major concern to clinicians and therapists – as well as anxiety sufferers. If you or someone you know is at risk for anxiety and suicide, there are things that you can do to help reduce the risks of anxiety leading to suicide:
Understand that anxiety is a serious problem, even if it is not as severe as a phobia or panic attack disorder. Even if you’re just struggling with everyday feelings of generalized anxiety and nervousness, your risk for committing or attempting suicide could go up. Seek help immediately whenever you feel that you’re being overtaken by anxiety in your life.
Seek help whenever you have suicidal thoughts or intentions. If you find your mind drifting to thoughts of suicide, particularly if you already feel anxious, seek help immediately. Cognitive behavioral therapy and medication can straighten out the problem before it becomes out of control.
Understand your own anxiety. Learn to understand how your mind and your anxiety work, so that you can combat them on a daily basis. Learn relaxation techniques to keep your general anxiety levels lowered, and seek further help at a pharmacy or from a doctor in the form of therapy if relaxation techniques aren’t enough.
On the social level, it’s time that we take anxiety and suicide seriously. If you know someone who struggles with constant or overwhelming anxiety, talk to that person about what you might be able to do to help. You might be surprised at how much just having someone take them seriously can help a person with an anxiety disorder, as these disorders are often overlooked or brushed off by observers!