As a medical specialist, you should become familiar with and knowledgeable about potential suicidal patients. Awareness of presuicidal symptoms and signs could lead to intervention and prevention. Surely all of us experience times in our lives when we simply cannot face another day, when life just doesn't seem worth the agony and pain it forces us to endure. Yet, however "appropriate" and strong these feelings of utter hopelessness seem to be, and the fleeting impulse to end it all, most of us don't give into the impulse. The most important response to any suicide threat is to take it seriously--as if someone's life depended on your being concerned.

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