The disintegration of ourselves and our lives through the disorder and its secondary conditions brings a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Suddenly, and in major contradiction to the fear of dying, we may find ourselves contemplating or attempting suicide. It begins to appear as the only way out. It is not.
Part of the danger of this development is that most of us will not discuss it with family members or our doctor. The sense of ‘this is not me’, and the shame and humiliation which we feel, counteract our most desperate plea for help. Most of us would never have considered ourselves as ever being suicidal. The realisation we are even considering suicide only causes further fear and confusion, which in turn isolates us even further. If we do find ourselves thinking of suicide, it is very important we seek professional help. Suicide is not the answer. Recovery is-and we can recover with appropriate treatment.