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Dr. Maria Mouratidis Talks About How to Address Thoughts of Suicide

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It is common that patients who are recovering from a brain injury or a severe physical injury might have thoughts of suicide. It's important that, although that may not happen for everyone, that it's important that we pay attention to someone who might be feeling so hopeless and so helpless that they might think that their life isn't worth living anymore. And especially if someone has a brain injury, depending on where their brain injury might be, that might affect their ability to be in control of their behavior. It might affect their decision-making, and especially if they're also using drugs or alcohol, that can certainly even more so impair their ability to make some good decisions. Sometimes people can get into a very dark little corner of their mind, where they just don't see any way out. And although that moment may be brief, tragic consequences can happen, so it is okay to ask people if you're concerned if they are having thoughts of suicide. It doesn't put thoughts into their head. They probably have already thought about it. There's a big difference between having those thoughts and taking action on those thoughts. But if someone is having thoughts of hurting themselves or someone else, they should definitely talk to a provider, a healthcare provider, their pastor, whatever supports that they might have and to get assessed and treated for that if that happens. It's also very common in people who are suffering from depression, which often happens as a consequence of exposure to trauma or as a consequence of brain injury. So although it's not uncommon to have those thoughts, it's very important that providers assess for that and that family members, if there's any concern about if they're making comments about not being around, comments about that they'd be better off dead. Oftentimes, patients who have had an injury or a disability feel like they are burdening those around them. Even if the caregivers aren't feeling that way at all, or aren't communicating that at all, it's a worry that they might have, so it's important that we're aware and that we have awareness about that and can talk about it and seek help because there is help for it.

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BrainLine talks with Dr. Maria Mouratidis about how to address thoughts of suicide in someone dealing with a TBI, PTSD, or depression.


Maria Mouratidis, PsyDMaria Mouratidis, PsyD, Dr. Mouratidis is a licensed neuropsychologist and currently the command consultant and subject matter expert for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health at the National Naval Medical Center.

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I am in the Army and now I am in the Warriors Transition Unit at Fort Campbell because of my injuries and suicidal proceeds in the army are just that they do it because they are made to do so they have big formations make policies, create offices and so forth but no real help like anything in the Army. I have made comments myself with no regard from any one. I am at my end I am tired of fighting the fight to get taken care of, getting the everything completed and in my files correct because who cares because once I am out it will be the same no one will be there to help or care. Not only that because I am in this limbo phase no one will help me and my family rather it be VA, Mortgage Companies, or Organizations which there is a lot of great ones out there I just get the I wish we could but we can't right now because of this or that we need this paperwork which is being help up by the Army and the VA. So my Family has no home back in Michigan and we have no plan and how the heck to get one and can only pray that once everything else gets done it will be fine but we all know that will not be the case because then it will be something else. It would better off for my family if I was dead they could get a house and be able to be taken care of a whole lot better with out me and I wouldn't have to deal with the pain, all the daily acts and ailments that deal with, all the medications, the lack of man hood I now have because I am no longer able to do the things a man should be doing instead my kids and wife have to do these things for me. Hopefully one day this comment can at least be read by someone that will help another soldier. I know it won't help me because I will hear so excuses or a reason why someone cant do anything and where to go and then you start all over.

May 26th, 2013 12:41am


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