ide·​a·​tion | \ ˌī-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce ideation (audio) \

Definition of ideation

: the capacity for or the act of forming or entertaining ideas suicidal ideation

Examples of ideation in a Sentence

caregivers are trained to watch for signs of depression and suicidal ideation—some patients are likely to put their fantasies to action
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, leading suicide theories and most empirical studies have largely focussed on adults, even though rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are high during late childhood and escalate dramatically in adolescence. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Numerous studies have found that gender-affirming care improves mental health outcomes for transgender youth, including lowering the odds of lifetime suicidal ideation. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2022 Williams said the patients coming in are typically 12-years-old and up, mostly females, and most presenting suicidal ideation or suicidal attempts. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 1 July 2021 The shortcut taken here is to constantly seek the ephemeral sparkle of ideation at the expense of long term results. Tendayi Viki, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Data from Children’s Hospital of Oakland show a 66% increase in 10- to 17-year-olds screening positive for active or recent suicidal ideation in its emergency department between March and October 2020. Monica Gandhi, WSJ, 10 June 2021 Created by Liz Hannah and Patrick McManus, The Girl From Plainville insightfully explores teenage isolation, suicidal ideation, and the sticky dynamics of digital relationships. ELLE, 6 Apr. 2022 This content includes details regarding self-harm and suicidal ideation that may be difficult to read. Aley Arion, Essence, 29 Mar. 2022 That may prevent people from talking about suicidal ideation, Nadal said. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ideation

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Ideation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ide·​a·​tion | \ ˌīd-ē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce ideation (audio) \

Medical Definition of ideation

: the capacity for or the act of forming or entertaining ideas suicidal ideation

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