Bipolar Disorder Can Influence a Suicide Attempt

By Karen O’Connor:

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According to an article on, Bipolar Disorder and Suicide reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on June 21, 2012:

“People with bipolar disorder are at great risk for suicide if they are not getting treatment. The National Mental Health Association reports that 30%-70% of suicide victims have suffered from a form of depression. Men commit almost 75% of suicides, even though twice as many women attempt it.”

My friend Marion was one of those for whom Bipolar Disorder can influence a suicide attempt. Her mother died of cancer when Marion was seventeen and her father committed suicide following a troubled third marriage.

Marion’s emotional problems started after that. She blamed herself for years for her parents’ deaths and began cutting herself and overdosing on pills to cope with her hopeless feelings about being a well-regarded nurse one day and a patient in a mental hospital the next. The cycle went on for years as Marion struggled with Bipolar Disorder.

She and I met much later in life, so when she shared with me the details of her early years I found them difficult to believe. The Marion I knew was a committed follower of Jesus Christ and a good friend to everyone who knew her. What was the catalyst for change? She said she accepted an invitation to attend a Billy Graham Crusade.

Even though she was Jewish she was eager to hear what Dr. Graham would say. “When I heard, ‘Jesus Christ offers unconditional love and forgiveness for your sins, no matter how bad you are,’ I wanted to believe it but I couldn’t at first.” Marion said she was afraid of another disappointment following two broken engagements and a series of illnesses.

However, when she became bedridden at one point, she remembered what she’d heard, turned her life and her will over to the care of God, and as she said, “Just like that my life changed.” Her heart and her mind were healed and she knew that from that point on she was secure in the love of Jesus Christ, never to be hopeless again. Marion died last year, spending her final months sharing God’s love with others and living it out in her own life.

For some people, Bipolar Disorder can influence a suicide attempt, but discovering God’s love, forgiveness and healing can lead to a new life now and in eternity. “My purpose is to give you life in all its fullness” (John 10:10 the Bible).

View and share this excellent YouTube video with Joyce Meyer, “Fighting Depression and Anxiety,” which includes mention of the biological form of depression caused by Bipolar Disorder.

Women with depression are urged to talk to their doctor about medical issues and treatment as well.

To watch the rest of this video series on depression, click HERE.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at, on FB or follow on Twitter @karenoconnor         

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If depressed and suicidal, get help by dialing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline. IF IN IMMEDIATE DANGER of harming yourself or someone else, please call 911.1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or (in Spanish)
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  1. I have Bipolar Disorder I, which is a physical and mental disease. I was diagnosed when I was 15 and I am 33 now. Bipolar involves mood swings between depression and mania.

    I, myself, found Christ through Billy Graham and I have also been suicidal. I do think that Christ offers hope and clearly saves you. I want to caution people though to think that finding Christ is the final solution to dealing with the disease. Just like any other disease, you need to get professional help. You have to get treatment, just like the expert in this video states.

    Something that wasn’t mentioned in this article is that women are often times MISDIAGNOSED with depression when they actually have Bipolar I or Bipolar II. It is really important to share with your doctor ALL of your moods, information about your sleep, information about your eating patterns.

    I know for sure that it is a medical miracle and due to DIVINE INTERVENTION that I am alive. God has me here on this earth for a purpose and it is not my right or duty to decide when that is to end! :) My job is to not allow my disease to take over and to have power.

    I have also experienced the mood issues after cancer! As a cancer survivor, I learned this lesson: If I am going to die, it’s going to be in God’s hands. It is not my decision to make! :)

    Joyce Meyers teaching are a fabulous supplement to professional care. She helps you to make the connection with what the bible says about negative thoughts. Using her teaching in combination with professional, medical help!

    • Thank you, Liz, for your warm and caring response to my article. I so appreciate your sharing your own experience. Your authenticity will bless many people.

      • Susan Broderick says:

        Nice overview in video of Depression and Anxiety. As always, your article on Bipolar Disorder and Suicide are informative and well written. In this case, it is personally relevant. I can easily identify my long lost nursing classmate in your story. This article shares so much of you and one of the people we have both known and loved. Thank you for making it so candid and pertinent.

        • I am a christian who is saved, but still have hopelessness. I pray n pray n pray. Go to church at times. Y does god let bad things happen to good people. I don’t commit violence, I try my best not to sin, I m very very kind, caring, n like to make people laugh when they r hurting, so why me still? Sometimes I think I’m a spawn of Satan n need to b wit him cuz I can’t please god n I’m tired of the hate n evil of this sad world. Do I want to committee suicide?no. Go to hell? No. But when will my healing come? When I’m dead? Well, not giving up of course. Never did. Going to get better meds n get a therapist who respects my faith. The last one didn’t. God bless all of u.

          • Thinking About Suicide says:

            Hi Chris,
            I’m so sorry to hear that life has been so difficult. It’s hard to understand by we have to struggle, especially when we are trying to do everything right. Glad you have a new therapist who respects your faith and I’m hoping that will help.
            For now, I would like to encourage you not to give up. I think it’s God’s special ones that the enemy goes after the hardest, and with the deepest discouragements, because the enemy know’s the plans God has for you. Pray for the light of God’s truth to shine over you and to erase the darkness. Pray that the voice of the enemy will be silent. Pray this in the power and authority of the name of Jesus. Then ask God to show you his plan for you and move into that plan one step at a time. Ask Jesus to travel with you on your journey.
            But as you start this walk of faith, know that God’s plan will never go against God’s word — it won’t involve suicide, murder, robbery or other things against God’s law. It WILL involve hope. The enemy would love to steal your hope, but don’t let him. When you hear discouraging thoughts, know they are from the enemy. That’s why it’s important to silence his voice. Get a Bible and start reading the word daily. That will help too. I recommend you start with John.
            We are all praying for you!

          • Thinking About Suicide says:

            Hi Chris,
            Let me pray for you.
            Dear Lord,
            I come to you on behalf of Chris. The enemy (the devil) has been lying to him about who he is and who he belongs to. I come against all these vile lies and I break them in the power and authority of the name and blood of Jesus. Lord, I ask that you shine that light of your truth over Chris and set him free. Show him that he belongs to YOU. You LOVE him. You have a future and a hope in store for him.
            Set him free Lord.
            In Jesus name,

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