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Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Suicidal behavior

In several cases, suicide can be prevented. Research recommends that a good way to prevent suicide is to know the risk factors. Suicide is not a part of mental illness in itself, but a major  potential consequence of several  mental disorders, particularly major depression.

Following are few of the possible important  major warning signs that a person may be at risk for suicide:

  • Excessive depression : Long-lasting depression and mood swings can be symptoms of depression, a major risk factor for suicide.
  • Sudden calmness: Suddenly becoming calm after a duration of sadness or moodiness can be a symbol  that the person has made a decision to finished  his or her life.
  • Withdrawal: Selection to be alone and not entertainment, friends or social activities also are possible symptoms of sadness. It shows a loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person previously enjoyed.
  • Changes in personality and/or appearance: A person who is considering suicide might exhibit a change in attitude or nature , like as speaking or moving with unusual speed or slowness. In addition, the person might suddenly become less concerned about his or her personal appearance.
  • Dangerous behaviors- Potentially dangerous behavior, like  as reckless driving, engaging in unsafe sex, and increased use of drugs and/or alcohol might highlighted  that the person no longer values his or her life.
  • Recent trauma or life crisis: A major life crisis might trigger a suicide attempt. Crises involved the death of a loved one or pet, divorce or break-up of a relationship, diagnosis of a major illness, loss of a job, or major  financial issues.
  • Making arrangement: Often, a person considering suicide will start  to put his or her personal business in order.
  • Threatening suicide: Not everyone who is considering suicide will say so, and not everyone who threatens suicide will follow through with it.