Suicide, or the taking of one’s own life, is a reaction to stressful life situations. If you are considering suicide or know someone who might be suicidal, learn the warning signs, and seek help and professional treatment. In the depths of despair, it might seem like suicide is the only way out, but with help, you can begin enjoying life again.
Suicidal thoughts cannot be managed alone. Professional help is needed to treat the problems causing the suicidal thinking. If you have doctor appointments, keep them. Take all medications as directed, even if you’re feeling better. You may also experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop medication abruptly. Learn as much as you can about your condition, its causes and treatments so you will know what to expect and anticipate. Carefully watch for warning signs and see your doctor or therapist if you notice any changes.
Suicidal Warning Signs
Here are the warning signs that a person may be having thoughts of suicide:
- Making comments such as, “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead,” or “I wish I had never been born”
- Having a means of suicide, a gun or sleeping pills
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Noticeable mood swings
- Preoccupation with death, dying and violence
- Exhibiting feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Disruption of eating and sleeping patterns
- Reckless driving
- Putting affairs in order without explanation
- Saying goodbye to people in a final way
- Personality changes such as anxiety or agitation
Warning signs may vary depending on the individual. Some people hide their intentions so well that there may be no apparent warning signs.