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Dad's threatening suicide - November 7th 2011, 08:29 PM

Me and my dad have never had a very close relationship. He and my mom are always fighting, he's an alcoholic and has an extremely complex and difficult personality that I just can't keep up with. He alternates between periods when he has extremely high confidence and self-worth to periods when he seems to hate himself, he's prone to bouts of anger and full-blown rage and even the slightest things can completely tick him off (I don't think he could actually be physically violent against me or my mom). He also seems paranoid - he believes that the goverment has tapped our phones and is reading our emails (which might not be very far from the truth, considering the local laws, the country we're living in and his position here). It has been this way for as long as I can remember and honestly, I'm so used to it, that a friend had to point out that it wasn't normal to me.
Now, here's the part relating to the title - my dad also constantly talks about death and suicide. He frequently mentions how he "should just hang himself" or "finish himself off" because there's no use for him in this world anyway. He also makes comments like he "won't be here for long" and talks about his will, mostly who will get what and what conditions they will have to face to get it. Honestly, he kind of seems to be preparing me for when he's gone and I do believe that he's impulsive and intense enough to actually go through with a plan like that. What do you think? Does it sound like he's just making empty threats to get attention (which I also wouldn't be surprised of), or could these be considered as legitimate threats that I should be really conserned about?
(By the way, this text probably makes him look like a horrible person, but he honestly isn't. I just felt like I had to point this out.)
   
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Re: Dad's threatening suicide - November 7th 2011, 11:32 PM

Hey Coal
No threat of suicide should be taken lightly! This is serious! You should seek help for him and do him a favor. If someone keeps threathning then it's already a seed planted and growing and if that seed grows into a plant then I don't want anything bad to happen to him. I understand that you don't want your dad to sound bad. the truth is the truth. I won't think any less of him trust me nor will anyone else try finding him a counselor or get a counselor/ some professional help to help you out how to deal with this. Also see why your dad is threatening him self maybe you shoul tell him something encouragIng like I love you dad and dad your the best dad in the world! To make him feel good. It works iv tried it with my own dad good job for having the courage to ask that on here and trying to help your dad out that's awsome! Pm me if you want to talk about anything/ anytime I hope everything gets better blessings to you
   
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Re: Dad's threatening suicide - November 8th 2011, 07:13 PM

You're so sweet. And thanks, I'll try to do my best.
   
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