Suicide - Symptoms and Signs

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What are the signs and symptoms for suicide?

Warning signs that an individual is imminently planning to kill themselves may include the person making a will, otherwise getting his or her affairs in order, suddenly visiting friends or family members (one last time), buying instruments of suicide like a gun, hose, rope, pills, or other forms of medications, a sudden and significant decline or improvement in mood, or writing a suicide note. Contrary to popular belief, many people who complete suicide do not tell their therapist or any other mental-health professional they plan to kill themselves in the months before they do so. If they communicate their plan to anyone, it is more likely to be someone with whom they are personally close, like a friend or family member.

Individuals who take their lives tend to suffer from severe anxiety or depression, symptoms of which may include moderate alcohol abuse, insomnia, severe agitation, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy (anhedonia), hopelessness, and persistent thoughts about the possibility of something bad happening. Since suicidal behaviors are often quite impulsive, removing guns, medications, knives, and other instruments people often use to kill themselves from the immediate environment can allow the individual time to think more clearly and perhaps choose a more rational way of coping with their pain.

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Comment from: Mo, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 15

I always thought of suicide because I feel alone in this world. I hope someone will truly love me. I'm going to see a therapist over the summer to get these thoughts out of my head, but would really like some help.

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Comment from: none, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I attempted suicide by taking OTC pills, and slitting my wrist. I felt worthless and didn't feel like living anymore. I've been in counseling for three years, and have been seeing a psychiatrist. I was diagnosed with major depression, anxiety, and a chemical imbalance. Now I'm taking medication for my depression and am doing much better.

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