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Depression and Suicide

College student with brain tumor. Doctor has given no real hope. The excruciating headaches are likely to increase in frequency and duration. Eventually, he will lapse into a coma and die. He has just found out the new recently. People are treating him as if has become some different person. He can't handle the sympathy. If pressed by the liner, the student should identify serious suicidal potential. High risk.

Mother whose daughter committed suicide about 2 months ago. People have gone back to their usual routine and the expectation is that she, too, will return to normal. In reality, she has just begun to grieve. She is depressed, confused, questioning, looking for answers, and flirting with being angry with the daughter that suicided.

Caller hardly speaks and when he/she does, it is monosyllabic. There are long silences. Sentences are started and stopped midway through. Thoughts are not completed. The caller almost seems distracted. If the liner can get any information, the caller's problem is his/her reaction to a recent divorce. He/She feels that the divorce indicates a real failure, a personal disgrace, a humiliation.

Seemingly happy go lucky caller who seems frivolous and devil-may-care. The conversation seems to go nowhere; almost silly. As the call goes on, the caller becomes drowsy and incoherent. It should become obvious that this frivolous caller is in the process of committing suicide by a drug overdose. If the liner doesn't pick up on this, the caller should eventually pass out leaving the phone line open.

College grad who had planned on a career in medicine is not accepted to any medical school to which he has applied. His/Her life had been totally centered on this goal and now it feels as if the world has come crashing in around his/her head. Complaints should be somatic, i.e., unable to sleep, loss of appetite, weight loss, sadness, energyless, etc. Classic depressive position. No suicide, although hopefully the liner will ask. If so, the "no" should sound real and not like an evasion or denial.

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