I Was Impulsive TodaySuicideI Was Impulsive Today<div class="ExternalClass5EC14F75E6BC4BB995F1255742C30E97"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">​<span>Hello, I was being impulsive earlier today and was near suicide but I snapped out of it decided it wasn't a good idea. I told my girlfriend about this and she became understandably upset and worried and insists that I speak to a professional even though I don't think I need to. Is it enough to apologize for my episode earlier and promise to never do it again or is it absolutely necessary that I seek professional help? </span></span></p></div><div class="ExternalClass48E141F2821E4F46932AD375265AFF46"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Thanks for reaching out.  Glad to know that you have a good friend looking out for you.  It sounds like she wants to make sure that you receive help so that these thoughts do not persist or even worsen.  It truly is not a normal thought to have or one that just everyone gets at some point in their life.  There are just so many other options which sometimes can be hard to see, but suicide is never a good option.  It ends you right?  It doesn't fix you.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">One reason that it would be helpful to reach out and seek counseling would be that your friends, parents, teachers, siblings, whoever it is that you call your support system, can certainly be listeners or be supportive, however they are not licensed therapists who can help strategize a treatment plan with you.  Sometimes suicidal thoughts can even scare someone away out of worry.  Or give them anxiety for fear of unintentionally mishandling their response.  This puts a lot of pressure on your relationships.  Having a professional to help will also prove to your friends and family that you are dedicated to do all you can to keep yourself safe.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">You could apologize for scaring​ your friend, but truly you do not have to apologize for your feelings.  Your feelings are yours and they are what they are.  If you are not in a good place emotionally though, counseling can help you think things through and identify what is causing the bad feelings.  Sometimes that can be hard to even pinpoint, sometimes a person/event/thing triggered the feelings, sometimes it could be an undiagnosed mental health issue, so take the guessing out of it so that you can get to a happier emotional place.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Know that if you get these thoughts again and are not sure who to reach out to, you can call, email, or even text or chat through our site.  A crisis counselor would be happy to talk to you.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span></p></div>19

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