Warning Signs of Suicidal Behaviour

Almost 1 million people commit suicide every year around the world, another 10 to 20 millions attempt to do it. Staggering number, isn't it? Men are twice as likely to commit suicide as women.

People with such problems as manic depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders are more prone to suicidal thoughts, than healthier groups. Risk factors are increased by other serious health problems, long-term unemployment, loss of loved ones, sudden trauma, divorce or bad break up.

90% of suicides are committed by people with clinical depression. People who don't want to die, but who want to end their pain and suffering and can't see any other way out.

Here are some of the warning signs you need to look for in people with depression disorder.

- Talking or writing about death. The topics can vary from self-harm, ways of dying, funerals and resolutions of the current problems that going away or dying would bring to that person of their family.

- Sudden change in mood when people go from being depressed, sad and hopeless to distracted, forgetful, absentminded, quietly happy and peaceful like they came to a decision that committing suicide will end all their problems.
- Giving up. People decide they are not interested in their own future anymore; they feel totally hopeless, helpless and gloomy and keep saying that nothing ever is going to change and won't get better.

- Sorting out their affairs. This is one of the obvious warning signs. Writing their wills, arranging for care for the family or pets, finalizing details of their own funeral, giving away property to the family and friends, visiting or calling people as to say goodbye.

- Feeling excessive guilt or shame which is part of depression symptoms. People blame themselves for what happened and just can't live with it.

- Anger and recklessness. Feeling very angry even enraged, making reckless decisions, driving at crazy speed, abusing enormous amounts of alcohol and drugs.

- Looking for ways to die. It can be attempts to get their hands on firearms or gathering large amounts of sleeping pills.

- Withdrawal from friends, family, and their community. Again this can be a sign of depression, but on a larger scale, - a sign of suicidal mood.
If your friends, loved ones or family members exhibit these signs, try to persuade them to seek depression help, go on antidepressants for the immediate help (WARNING: check out these medications side-effects, some of them can increase or produce suicidal feelings) or contact USA National Suicide Hotlines.

And, please share your experience and observations. Thank you!