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    how long post-injury do suicidal thoughts stop?

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    This is an extremely general question.
    Just remember that plenty of people walk up and jump of bridges.
    Just because we are paralysed,doesn't mean we have cornered the market on topping ourselves.

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    I have never had suicidal thoughts, thank God. What is your injury level and how long has it been since your injury. Believe me, the first year is really rough, then you gradually begin to adjust and measure life by new standards. I actually lead a busy and happy life. Don´t ever lose hope.

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    You'll have good and bad moments as long as you live so I don't think suicidal thoughts ever permanently go away if you have them.


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    They get to be less and less over time but like Todd said, If you have them they're never going to go away completely. The important thing is not to ACT on them! The only thing you can do is wait it out for better days because they will come.
    Don't think of yourself as an ugly person, just a beautiful monkey.
    Always remember: if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Type Français
    You'll have good and bad moments as long as you live so I don't think suicidal thoughts ever permanently go away if you have them.

    Yeah, what Todd said. Kudos for wanting the thoughts to end instead of your life.
    Death and taxes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cripply
    how long post-injury do suicidal thoughts stop?
    For me the first 3 years were the worst.
    Embrace uncertainty. Hard problems rarely have easy solutions. Jonah Lehrer

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    Quote Originally Posted by leschinsky
    For me the first 3 years were the worst.
    I agree. I was pretty bad off, but my problems were pain driven. The injury didn't bother me as much as the pain did. I couldn't get away from it and that made me suicidal. I ended up on antidepressants along with my pain medications. Once I got to a point where I felt I could handle it, I quit taking the antidepressants. I still had days where the pain was excuciating and I would cry it was so bad. I often told my husband that it wasn't fair--animals are put down so they don't suffer, why can't I be put down?

    Depression was a big part of the years prior to my chair because I was stuck in the house. I am an outdoors person. My pain kept me from doing the things I enjoyed. While I could still walk, I tired easily and pushing myself to walk increased my pain. My chair was actually a blessing--it took me more than six months to realize it though. Learning a new way of doing things and how to navigate in the chair was a frustrating process.

    I chose to look at the positives. The chair has helped me get my life back and be active again. The first thing I did the day I got my chair was go for a "walk" in the park and fed the waterfowl that resides there. I also went fishing daily. It makes it possible for me to hold a job. I felt like a caged animal in my house, so I'm thankful I can get out and about once again.

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    How long have you been in treatment?
    "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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    I disagree - I think the suicidal thoughts should go away when some sort of adjustment is made to the injury and/or depression goes away.

    My grief lasted 2 years after the accident but I've had some bouts of depression since which may or may not be related to the injury. Strangely I wasn't suicidal after my accident but I did feel hopeless at times.

    If you have strong suicidal feelings it may be wise to be treated for depression as a safety precaution.

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