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
- 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.”