Episode 271: When to Take Suicidality Seriously & Scared of Losing Dream Job


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Hello, friends. In this episode, I take a look at two questions from listeners of the podcast. The first relates to thoughts of suicide and how to navigate them, while the second tackles performance at work when you are struggling with anxiety, insomnia and more.

Question 1:

Hi Duff,

I know this question may sound dumb, but how do I know when to take my own suicidality seriously? I have thoughts about suicide daily, but I don’t know if that’s the same as suicidal thoughts; like, I think about dying, how I would do it, what would happen if my attempt failed, what would happen if my attempt didn’t fail, stuff like that. But I don’t have a plan and I haven’t attempted, although the closest I have come to going through with it is having the pills in my hand.

I kind of want to say something to someone, but I don’t know how serious they’ll take it or if it even is serious. Because my family knows about my depression, but I’ve never attempted before so maybe they’ll just think I’m being dramatic? Or maybe I am being dramatic just sending this. Plus I joke about it with friends and family, saying things about killing myself and who I’m leaving my stuff to when I die, things like that, so I feel like I have no right to talk about it seriously now.

Also (last thing, I promise) I’m a grad student so I can’t afford to get a 5150 so basically what I’m trying to ask is how do I navigate all this?

Question 2:

Hi Robert, love the pod! It’s been a part of my morning routine for months now and I find it a great way to start off the day. My question for you is about anxiety/insomnia and how it affects work. I finally landed a job as a bread baker with a small local bakery! 🙂 Everything’s so right with this job, the owners are kind and encouraging, my coworkers are fun, work/life balance is just as important to everyone as the success of the bakery. Despite the wonderful environment, I’m failing. I’m just making really small, stupid mistakes with expensive consequences. They were understanding at first, but I can tell I’m on borrowed time. I’m more anxious than I’ve been in a long time, my insomnia has been triggered by this and now my performance at work is even worse because I’m waking up 15 times a night just thinking about my failures at what I thought would be my dream job. It’s a cycle I don’t know how to stop. My therapist says it would help if I journaled more, and yeah sure I can calm down during my journaling session but I still feel like I’m drowning in my anxiety If you have any advice, I would appreciate it. I want to come back from this.

Episode 255 – Related Posts

As well as listening to the podcast, you can also find my thoughts on the questions in written format in these related posts!

Question 1 – When Should You Take Suicidality Seriously? – Duff The Psych

Question 2 – How to stop Anxiety Ruining Your Career – Duff The Psych


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