Suicidal thoughts and Rage are often symptoms of conditions like clinical depression, and bipolar disorder. Since everyone handles depression differently, the symptoms of this disease manifest in different ways. Extreme anger is a common – but often ignored – symptom of depression, especially in men.
Rage and suicidal thoughts can also be related to diseases like Lyme disease, or could be side effects associated with certain medications, such as Chantix and Welbutrin. Below is a list of diseases and conditions associated with symptoms like Suicidal Thoughts and Rage, as well as a list of medications related to similar side effects.
We are not medical professionals, and these are not comprehensive lists. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or side effects, or similar health issues.
Suicidal Thoughts and Rage are Symptoms of
Depression: Clinical depression, or major depressive disorder, can easily lead to suicidal thoughts and for some can cause rage. The symptoms of depression can be misleading to doctors and patients alike because so many things can be at the root of the problem including nutritional imbalance, hormonal imbalance, environmental toxins, and side effects from medications.
Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depression, is a form of depression with a very high suicide rate. It is characterized by extreme mood swings which include rage. Rage is an aspect of bipolar disorder that is often overlooked and many people are not aware that it is something to expect with the condition.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) effects each victim differently. When there is no loss of consciousness and/or no blow to the head, it often goes undetected or undiagnosed. Mood swing, depression, suicidal thoughts, and episodes of extreme rage are common after TBI and the symptoms can be life-long. To complicate matters further TBI can cause epilepsy. When we think of seizures, we typically think of convulsions, but a seizure is really electrical misfiring in the brain and does not always cause convulsions. Seizures can be mistaken for outbursts of rage.
Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is carried by some ticks and can be transmitted to humans by a tick bite. It is an inflammatory disease that can affect different areas of the body and has widely varying symptoms. Rage is such a common complication of Lyme disease that it is simply referred to as “Lyme rage.” Suicidal thoughts are not uncommon in people with Lyme disease and can be a result of the disease in action or due to excruciating symptoms from which there is no relief.
Suicidal Thoughts and Rage Are Side Effects Associated With
Chantix: Chantix is a smoking cessation drug. Instead of delivering nicotine, as many smoking cessation aids do, it attaches to the receptors in the brain that nicotine normally attaches to, blocking the nicotine out.
Zyban and Wellbutrin: Bupropion, sold as Zyban and Wellbutrin, is used as a smoking cessation aid and an antidepressant. It is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor and, like Chantix, blocks the reception of nicotine.
Zoloft: Zoloft is an antidepressant also sold under the brand name Lustral and generically as sertraline hydrochloride. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
Neurontin: Neurontin is used to treat nerve pain in people with herpes or shingles and to treat epilepsy. It affects the chemical and nerves in the body, but exactly how it works is not yet known.
Cymbalta: Cymbalta is used to treat depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and pain caused by diabetic neuropathy. It was tested as a treatment for stress urinary incontinence, but failed due to suicides and liver toxicity.