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    Does medication cause suicidal thoughts, or the side-effects?
    echamplin posted:
    In other words, is it the medication itself that may cause suicidal thoughts, or is it the (other) side-effects of the medicine that naturally make you think of suicide because you can't stand what you're currently going through (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.)?

    Personalizing this, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder back in April. Since then, I was placed on Lorazepam, in addition to other medication that has constantly been changing (while still on Lorazepam). Every day since April, I've had suicidal thoughts (and ONLY thoughts), and every day has been a struggle with this uncontrollable anxiety. Do you think the suicidal thoughts could be caused from the lorazepam alone, or just the fact I'm going through a really tough time right now?

    Thank you for the help.
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Echamplin,

    I'm sure Dr. Farrell will be responding soon but, in the meantime, I wanted to welcome you here.

    Have you told your prescribing doctor what's been going on for you?

    If you need help keeping yourself safe, please don't hesitate to contact a crisis line .
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    There is sufficient research which indicates that a number of medications can, as a side effect, suicidal thinking and this needs to be dealt with quickly by the healthcare professional you are seeing. Do not wait and call right now to discuss this.

    I haven't heard of lorazepam causing this, but it might be. I'm not an MD, so I would recommend that you clear this up ASAP.

    Please don't put yourself though this anxiety any longer and get your provider to help you.

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