3 Mental Health Disorders That Are Linked With Suicidal Thoughts

Posted January 3, 2024 by in Health + Fitness

Any person can experience suicidal thoughts at any point in their life. While one may experience these thoughts due to a life situation or unfortunate circumstance, there are certain mental health disorders that can cause this as a symptom.

Below are three psychiatric illnesses that may trigger suicidal ideations and, thus, require professional help.

1. Depression

Depression is perhaps the mental health disorder that is most commonly associated with suicidal thoughts.

Those with depression may experience lack of interest in things, excessive sleep, reduced motivation, and decreased desire to socialize with others. At their lowest, they may not have the will to live or not see the “point” in life. The good news is, most individuals with depression, although they often experience suicidal thoughts, do not actually act on these thoughts.

Medication is one of the most common forms of help for those dealing with depression. Talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy are also common treatment options for depression. In more intense cases, the patient may need to be taken into inpatient care.

2. Anxiety

Severe forms of anxiety, especially when coupled with panic attacks, flashbacks, or frequent nightmares, are also commonly linked with suicidal thoughts. Anxiety can be debilitating, life-altering, exhausting, limiting, and absolutely frightening.

The difficulty of dealing with anxiety each day may cause the sufferer to experience bouts of depression, hopelessness, or even suicidal thoughts. Their anxiety may trigger depression, and the depression may trigger their anxiety. They may cycle through periods of anxiety, followed by depression, and then anxiety again or even experience both simultaneously.

Apart from the anxiety disorder itself triggering depression, those with anxiety are automatically more likely to also experience mood disorders like depression according to research on genetics.

Anxiety disorders are often helped through a combination of therapy and medication. Mental health professionals may also recommend engaging stress-reducing practices like meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, or yoga alongside other forms of treatment.

3. Bipolar Disorder

Both Bipolar I and Bipolar II have suicidal thoughts as a potential symptom. Those with either type of Bipolar Disorder are known for experiencing highs called mania and lows of depression. They’ll cycle through feelings of extreme euphoria and energy, which comes crashing down during their depressive state.

In severe cases of bipolar, the sufferer may not only experience suicidal thoughts but may also think to carry those thoughts out, especially if they’re dealing with delusions or hallucinations, which are not uncommon with the disorder.

Like with the latter mental health disorders, there is professional help for bipolar. Medication is one of the most critical components of treatment for Bipolar Disorder. However, therapy and/or family interventions may also be necessary alongside medication. Hospitalizations during the highs or lows of Bipolar Disorder are also relatively common and often necessary.


Just because someone has experienced suicidal thoughts does not mean they have a mental illness. Likewise, not everyone with a mental illness has experienced suicidal thoughts. However, what we can learn from the latter information is that there are certain mental illnesses that are linked with suicidal thoughts.