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Doctor tell me why is suicide a paradox. Because answering questions about your health is an important part of your doctor's services. The Minnesota State Medical Association presents doctor tell me here to ask the doctor your questions. Is Janice Hughes dead. Today your health questions will be answered by Dr. George Williams a psychiatrist from St. Paul. Dr. Williams Most people want to live and are willing to die. How can we better understand those people who apparently want to die. I think we can only understand it. Janice by saying that this individual has gotten himself into a position where one or another reasons of feeling that his life is absolutely worthless that he is useless or he can be so enmeshed in a horrible kind of situation that he feels that suicide is the only way out of it. And the only way
in which he can handle his problems at that given moment. What factors seem to give him these feelings. Well there are various factors involved in the first place. The patient is usually depressed and depression simply means that he is terribly angry and upset and frustrated about something and he has turned this feeling back on himself. He doesn't know what to do. His thinking may be of such a nature as to allow him to think only in terms of getting out as rapidly as effectively and as Finally as possible. As a physician how do you deal with people who want to die. A first attempt to find out what the causes you are underlying their feeling of wanting to do way with themselves.
Secondly I try to see if the end of a jewel has within him the ability to look for other possible solutions to the problem with which he is faced. Thirdly I attempt to assess his ability to work this out in a therapeutic situation in the office. If this is not possible then we have to resort to hospitalization where he can be protected by the hospital and where his problems can be worked on in the setting in which we have placed him. Is it true that people who talk about suicide usually want to tented. No this is one of the very common fallacies about suicide Janice when. A patient tells me that they're thinking about suicide. In my opinion they are suicidal until I prove to myself beyond any question of doubt that they are not. Suicidal people frequently talk about this as a means of
attempting to get some help and as a means of saying to the people around them look I'm in serious difficulty. Please help me. If a patient improves after a suicidal crisis does this mean that the risk is over. On the uphill swing not necessarily at all unless we know the reasons for the improvement. We cannot be comfortable with this for there are two critical phases in the depression of this individual which mean which should make us become even more aware. The first 20 is going into the depression and the second one is coming out. For many people. Will appear to be feeling much better and to have some of their problems when actually they have determined decided just exactly how they can suicide. Thank you very much Dr. Williams. The Minnesota State Medical Association has presented Dr. tell me recorded in the
studios of KUNM at the University of Minnesota. Janice who is dead has asked the doctor your questions if you have any additional questions. Write to Dr. tell me. Minnesota State Medical Association Three seventy five Jackson St.. St. Paul Minnesota 5 5 1 0 0 1. This program was distributed by the national educational radio network.
Doctor tell me
Why is suicide a paradox?
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University of Minnesota
KUOM (Radio station : Minneapolis, Minn.)
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Program number 341 asks how suicide can be understood.
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Weekly interviews with a Minneapolis-St. Paul area doctor about a current medical issue.
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Interviewee: Williams, George
Interviewer: Husted, Janice
Producing Organization: University of Minnesota
Producing Organization: KUOM (Radio station : Minneapolis, Minn.)
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Identifier: 61-35e-341 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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Duration: 00:04:36
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