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Warning Signs

Warning Signs
September 15, 2010 Kim Goldman

Many of the symptoms of suicidal feelings are similar to those of depression. If someone has depression that does not mean he/she is a person contemplating suicide, however, individuals who are severly depressed often think of suicide.

Physical/Emotional Warning Signs

Warning signs include:

  • Verbal suicide threats “You’d be better off without me!”
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Lack of interest in future plans such as school, work, and family or social functions
  • Themes of death, or depressions evident in their communication
  • Self-destructive acts
  • Acute personality changes such as aggressiveness, irritation, or moodiness.
  • Changes in sleep, and eating patterns
  • Restlessness
  • Violent behaviors
  • Giving away personal or prized possessions.
  • Drug use in order to deal realities circumstances
  • Unusual neglect of personal appearance
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Feelings of guilt and hopelessness
  • Mood swings or drastic behavioral changes
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities such as hobbies, hanging out, etc.
  • Loss of concentration
  • The feeling that life is no longer worth living.
  • The feeling of being all alone
  • Themes of death or depression evident in conversation, written expressions, reading materials or artwork

Verbal Warning Signs

  • “No one cares!”
  • “Life isn’t worthwhile.”
  • “People are better off without me.”
  • “Everything seems to be wrong.”
  • “I won’t see you again.”
  • “I won’t be a problem for you much longer.”
  • “Nothing matters.”

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