Inspiring College Students Rally Around Suicidal Girl In Dorm

Published November 14, 2019

Rumble / Everyday HeroesWatch this stunning video where a large number of college students come to one of the rooms to support a girl who was about to commit suicide. The girl had a sharp object in her hand which she would use to take her own life. Luckily, the students realized what was happening and did not hesitate to encourage her so that a misfortune would not happen.According to the Clinical Guidelines for the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder developed by the American Psychiatric Association (Ars Médica, 2002), consummated suicide occurs in 8-10% of these people. This is a very high figure considering that it is, according to them, a suicide rate about 50 times higher than that of the general population. They comment that the risk of suicide seems to be highest between the ages of twenty and thirty and that the majority of these patients attempt suicide on some occasion and many of them become large repeaters or commit suicide if they are not treated properly and in a timely manner.

Although not everyone with this disorder presents suicidal ideation, in a very high percentage the "star" symptom is suicidal and/or self-destructive behavior. Sometimes the suicidal ideation can go unnoticed due to lack of professional training or lack of attention. That is to say, by not actively listening to the patient and at the same time observing if his non-verbal language coincides with what he is telling us. People with BPD are often especially vulnerable, but during a crisis they are extremely fragile. You have to be very careful, very tactful and listen more than ever, to focus all our attention on the person who comes to see us.

There are several factors to take into account in suicide risk assessment and, curiously, many of them are also diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder: emotional instability (the most stable part of the disorder), problems managing emotions (especially anger), unstable relationships that tend to alternate between extremes of idealization and disappointment (usually with intense beginnings and endings), altered identity, impulsivity in areas potentially harmful to them, recurrent suicide threats and/or destructive behaviors (which can lead to suicide). due to miscalculation on the part of the person) and feelings of emptiness.

As far as destructive behaviors are concerned, although they are not always carried out with the intention of killing themselves, they should never be interpreted as manipulations or calls for attention, much less ignored. For the person with TLP many destructive behaviors actually have an adaptive function. Sometimes they act that way because of the impulsivity that characterizes many of these people, in others as punishment for themselves for failing or "being bad", in others as a way to feel relief or "feel pain for something visible or real," to have "control over their pain," and in others because it is what they have been doing for years and ends up being a way of life, a way of coping with situations of high emotional content. In addition, in numerous occasions they usually receive answers that reinforce this behavior on the part of their next of kin. In this way, they learn that the action has a response of attention, concern and rapprochement by their loved ones.For this reason, it is important to try to help the patient to think of less harmful and dangerous alternatives that really help him or her to face the discomfort, to make both mental health professionals and family members aware and to break many myths that currently interfere in the approach and prevention of these behaviors.

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