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Thought Patterns of Suicidal Ideation

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Our addictions are often accompanied by mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking and ideation. When we experience suicidal ideation, we have more than passing suicidal thoughts. We are regularly considering and planning suicide. Our minds can become preoccupied with thinking about ending our lives. We can feel so much distress and inner turmoil that we think suicide will provide us with the emotional relief we desperately need. We often haven’t learned that we have more control over our thoughts and emotions than we think we do, and that we can actually transform our suicidal thoughts and experience healing.

Our mental illnesses can be compounded by our destructive thought patterns, one of the most harmful being that we believe our thoughts to be true, and another being that we become obsessed with those thoughts and give them even more power over us by thinking them repeatedly. When we think something enough, it becomes our belief. When we allow ourselves to keep thinking these beliefs, they become cemented in our consciousness, and we come to believe that they are the absolute truth. When it comes to our emotional pain, we start to believe that suicide is the only solution. We think about suicide, and our pain and desperation, over and over again until it’s so all-consuming that it becomes our reality. We dwell on the things causing us the most pain, rather than focusing on possible solutions and how we can heal. We convince ourselves that there’s no way out of our depression, no way to heal the deep sadness and fear within us. We resign ourselves to thinking that this is how the rest of our lives will be, how they must be. We lose hope along with our ability to think positively or optimistically.

One way to counter our suicidal ideation is to tackle our thought patterns. We want to be able to observe our thoughts objectively. Meditation and other mindfulness practices help with this. Once we can analyze our thoughts with more clarity, we start to see all of the detrimental and destructive ways in which we’ve been thinking. We can see our tendency to believe our thoughts to be true, and to think them obsessively and repeatedly until they consume us. Becoming aware of our thought patterns is an important first step in learning to work with and transform them so that we can have a full recovery.

The Guest House focuses on guiding you as you discover the underlying causes of your actions and behaviors, and with the mission of reducing and reversing any harm that your self-defeating habits have caused. We know that it’s possible for you to regain your strength and replace these damaging habits with healthy ones. We are an open and welcoming community of people who are seeking respite and recovery from the difficult hands that life sometimes deals us, and no matter what your concerns or background may be, we can help you heal. Call us today at 855-483-7800.