I am sad to report that my 26 year old son made another very serious suicide attempt. We nearly lost him this time. He is in the regular hospital and going back for more surgery today. I spent the afternoon with him yesterday and he is in a very bad mental state. The hospital has placed someone in the room with him 24/7, but he expressed his desire to die to me many times yesterday. One thing that really struck me about the conversation we had was his continued obsession with an incident that occurred about six weeks ago. The incident was entirely in his own mind. He has for several years now been obsessed with jewelry and believes that if he can find the right chain to wear, he will be able to do anything in life. On some level he realizes this is an unhelpful and unrealistic way of thinking and wants to give it up. The incident that he is now obsessing over is that he believes that he had an opportunity to give up the jewelry obsession but chose not to. In other words, he is obsessing over a thought that he had six weeks ago.
Does anyone here have experience dealing with this sort of obsessional thinking in their loved one? Have you had any luck in helping them move beyond this sort of thinking?