Thoughts of dying

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Registered: 02-28-2013
Thoughts of dying
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 10:15am

I don't think I am suicidal but I do think about my own death a lot and feel that it wouldn't be a bad thing if I died. Does that mean I am suicidal?

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 12:55pm

Welcome to the board!

That is a very good question.  I am not sure?  I found some definitions, maybe this will help:


Definition: Suicidal ideation describes thoughts, fantasies, ideas or images related to committing suicide. This term is also sometimes referred to as suicidal thinking. The word ideation is defined as: forming or entertaining ideas.

For teens, thoughts of suicide can range from fleeting thoughts of suicide to making actual plans to end their life. For this reason, mental health professionals discuss suicidal ideation in terms of being either passive or active. Passive ideation about suicide includes experiencing vague ideas about committing suicide. Suicide is viewed as a possible way to end their pain, but usually no action is taken.

Active suicidal ideation is when a teen experiences persistent thoughts of suicide and continues to feel hopeless. When the ideation is active, a teen begins to take steps to carry out a suicide attempt.

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After reading the definition, what are your thoughts?