Thoughts Of Stabbing Myself In The Heart With A Knife

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Asked by maddy

Thoughts Of Stabbing Myself In The Heart With A Knife

even though i know i won't do it. Does anyone else get these weird images/thoughts when they are severly depressed?

Answer

Hi, Maddy. I think it's safe to say that just about all of us have had similar thoughts when severely (and even mildly) depressed. There is a considerable difference, however, between a random thought that you can easily dismiss and a compelling one that you can't.

Perhaps we can compare thoughts of self-harm to thoughts of harming others. I'm sure all of us have wanted to kill our bosses' too, but we don't do it. And they don't lock us up for thinking about it. But imagine taking those thoughts further: you can't get them out of your mind, you get worked up thinking about it, you visualize various scenarios for doing the deed, you make plans, you start justifying why the deed would be a service to humanity ... Now you're veering uncomfortably close to where thought becomes action.

It's a good idea to talk to someone who knows you, that you trust, to get a read on your thoughts. You may think the thoughts are harmless. Someone who knows you may have a different impression.

Answered by John McManamy