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A Star is Born - Alcoholism & Suicide

I was on a recent international flight and to make use of my time like most passengers, I used that opportunity to catch up on some movies. One of the movies that caught my attention was the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated movie “A Star is Born.” The cast headlined by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga did an excellent job of making all the characters seem real by taking us through their personal journeys. Without spoiling the movie for those who have not seen it, some issues that were highlighted were the topics of alcoholism and suicide.

Many families have relatives who struggle or have struggled with alcohol use and/or have attempted or died by suicide. The movie did a great job also illustrating the impairment of social, personal, and occupational functioning as a result of alcoholism. As well as the disastrous effects on family members, friends, and colleagues who have to depend on this person for emotional and financial support.

Common signs of alcoholism:

Common risk factors of suicide:

If you or a loved one are experiencing issues with alcoholism and  thoughts of suicide, it is important to seek the care of a local healthcare professional for an assessment. There is no need to go through this alone. We are here to help.

Give Genesis Psychiatric Solutions a call at (703) 955-0915 or to schedule a free consultation visit www.gpsmindset.com

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(800) 487-4889
www.samhsa.gov

 

Author
Dr. Ifeanyi Olele Ifeanyi Olele, DO, MBA, MS, is a board-certified psychiatrist who sees adolescent and adult patients in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions. Dr. Olele is a dedicated psychiatrist in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma-related stress disorders, and attention deficit disorders. Dr. Ifeanyi Olele is one of the few psychiatrists who utilizes psychotherapy (talk therapy) as part of his treatment plan.

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