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Whether you’re considering suicide or know someone who feels suicidal, learn suicide warning signs and how to reach out for immediate help and professional treatment. You may save a life.
Suicide warning signs aren’t always obvious, though, and they vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret. Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:
- Talking about suicide, including making such statements as “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I was dead” or “I wish I hadn’t been born”
- Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
- Sudden and significant mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
- Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
- Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
- Making a will, or getting his or her affairs in order,
- Suddenly visiting friends or family members (one last time) for no apparent reason
- Buying instruments of suicide like a rope or medications,
- Writing a suicide note.
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
- Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
- Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order
- Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again
- Developing personality changes, such as becoming very outgoing after being shy
Suicide is a desperate cry for help and if help is forthcoming, it could be averted.
At times a spiritual attitude consistent with the person’s belief is very useful specially the concept of life after life. All the members of the family have to stand up united in this hour of need and blaming others or infighting further worsens the situation.
Most attempted suicides are not actual attempts, but some are. Warning signs of suicide should never be taken lightly. They are cries for help.
If you should suspect that someone you know is thinking of suicide, get help immediately by contacting a psychiatrist. The person may need to be admitted to a psychiatric ward. Even while admitted to a hospital, family members must always be vigilant for suicide attempts.
If you are with a friend who is saying he or she is going to commit suicide now, stay with them. You could phone a suicide hotline or emergency number, call for help from family or friends, or try and get your friend to the casualty department of your local hospital.
Who can commit suicide:
Desire to die: The decision to commit suicide for some is based on a reasoned decision often motivated by the presence of a painful terminal illness from which little to no hope of reprieve exists. These people aren’t depressed, psychotic, maudlin, or crying out for help. They’re trying to take control of their destiny and alleviate their own suffering, which usually can only be done in death. They often look at their choice to commit suicide as a way to shorten a dying that will happen regardless. In my personal view, if such people are evaluated by a qualified professional who can reliably exclude the other possibilities for why suicide is desired, these people should be allowed to die at their own hands.
Psychosis: Psychosis is another disorder in which suicides can take place as a result of the person’s breaking off from reality and responding to his own abnormal thoughts. Malevolent inner voices often command self-destruction for unintelligible reasons. Psychosis is much harder to mask than depression — and arguably even more tragic. Schizophrenia often strikes otherwise healthy, high-performing individuals. Schizophrenics are just as likely to talk freely about the voices commanding them to kill themselves and can give honest answers about thoughts of suicide when asked directly. Psychosis, too, is treatable, Some of the signs of schizophrenia are: talking, laughing or crying to oneself, expressing ideas about others wanting to harm the person, hearing voices or seeing things when no one is there, severely disturbed sleep, withdrawing from day to day reality and functioning.
There may also be a genetic link to suicide. People who complete suicide or who have suicidal thoughts or behavior are more likely to have a family history of suicide. While more research is needed to fully understand a possible genetic component, it’s thought that there may be a genetic link to impulsive behavior that could lead to suicide.