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Two different people

Suicidal people can be experienced by themselves, family and friends as two different people. For the suicidal person, this may be experienced as two selves, in conflict or at odds with each other.

Over time, family and friends may experience this as the ‘real’ person being replaced by the ‘ill’ or suicidal person. 

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Suicidal person point of view

“There’s always two voices in my head, the one that used to take care of herself and stuff like that, and then there’s the other really destructive, negative person, who feels the need to self-harm.”

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Suicidal person point of view

“There’s always two voices in my head, the one that used to take care of herself and stuff like that, and then there’s the other really destructive, negative person, who feels the need to self-harm.”

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Family/friend point of view

“It was amazing when you think about it, how he could snap, from being really, really not well to: ‘I’m OK, and I’m this normal, pleasant person’. He was my life, and we’d been together for a long time, and yet, who was this other person that I never knew? Because there’s like the flip-side of him, that I didn’t really know. And it was this disguise. Well, did he love me at all? Or did he just pretend to? But he can’t have pretended for thirty years.  Sometimes it feels like there was another person that I didn’t know, the other side of him that wasn’t the one he showed the world.”