Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior

Some people who have difficulty coping with their feelings lash out at others. But others direct violence toward themselves when they face tremendous amount of pressure. This is serious. The final and most distressing expression of this kind of self-violence is suicide.

Potential suicide victims behave in some recognizable ways before trying to take their own lives. One of the most important steps to prevent suicide is to recognize warning signs.

Warning signs

So what are the warning signs of suicidal behavior? Potential suicide victims are obsessed about dying. They talk about shooting themselves, jumping to death, disappearing, saying good-bye, or not being around in the future. They also feel hopeless, believing that things are bound to get worse and that nothing will ever change.

There is also major changes in personality (withdrawn, moodiness, sad, anxious, anxious, indecisive, tired, apathetic) and in behavior (trouble concentrating at work, school, routine tasks). Potential suicide victims usually have nightmares and suffer from insomnia, oversleeping, or early waking. Some binge eat, while others lose appetite and weight.

They also have poor control over their behavior. Some attacks others, while some people harm themselves. Possible suicidal victims usually have low self esteem. They feel worthless and ashamed. They hate themselves and have overwhelming guilt. They strongly believe that everyone will be better off without them.

Other warning signs include: significant drug or alcohol use, perfectionism, clashing with authorities, and giving away very important possessions.

Causes of suicidal behavior

The warning signs of suicidal behavior may be caused by a recent loss (or suicide) of a family member or a friend. These signs are also noteworthy in the context of a violent or heartbreaking break-up with a girlfriend or boyfriend, or conflict with parents. Many people with suicidal tendencies are influenced by what they see on TV, especially news reports of suicides by young people.

Getting help

If a friend or a family member mentions suicide, even if he or she is just joking, take it seriously. Recognize signs of suicidal thoughts and behavior and seek help immediately. Even if he or she asks you to keep talks of committing suicide a secret, tell a trusted adult about it. You risk losing him or her forever.

So do something. Get help from a psychologist or a counselor as early as possible. Mental health professionals can help the person work out his or her problems that appears impossible to solve but, in fact, are not.