Suicidal ideation concerns thoughts about or an unusual preoccupation with suicide. The range of suicidal ideation varies greatly from fleeting thoughts, to extensive thoughts, to detailed planning, role playing (e.g., standing on a chair with a noose), and unsuccessful attempts, which may be deliberately constructed to fail or be discovered, or may be fully intended to result in death, but the individual survives.
Most individuals who struggle with suicidal ideation do not successfully commit suicide. However, behavior such as, suicidal ideation, is still very risky and dangerous.
Suicidal ideation usually stems from depression but can also occur because of other psychiatric disorders, life events, and family events. Psychiatric disorders such as borderline personality, can increase one’s chances of experiencing suicidal ideation.« Back to Glossary Index