Warning Signs that a Loved One May Have Suicidal Tendencies
Suicide exists as one of those topics that continue to fly under the radar in spite of its occurrence in increasing numbers every year. Suicide affects people of all ages, genders and socioeconomic groups and oftentimes happens in the lives of those you’d least suspect.
With modern-day society’s fast-paced lifestyles and ever-increasing pressures, what may well be a temporary problem in a person’s life can seem like an insurmountable obstacle in the midst of everything else. For these reasons, it’s important to be able to identify warning signs before things spin out of control. Knowing how to spot warning signs of suicide in a loved one can go a long way towards helping ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of your family and loved ones.
In 2013 – 41,149 suicides occurred, which equals out to 113 suicides per day or one every 13 minutes
2013 – 9.3 million adults reported having thoughts of suicide within the previous year
2013 – Adults ages 18 to 25 made up the majority of those considering suicide followed by 26 to 49 year olds and those 50 and over
In 2010 – substance abuse contributed to 77.2 percent of all completed suicides
Warning Signs of Suicidal Tendencies
While suicide affects all different types of people, certain symptoms or signs tend to carry over across the board. Signs to watch out for include:
Being overwhelmed by emotional pain is common for someone with suicidal tendencies.
Talk of being a burden to others
High anxiety levels and/or agitation
Talk of having no reason to live
Withdrawing from others
Extreme mood swings
Excess alcohol/drug use
Talk of feeling “trapped”
Talk of feeling overwhelmed by emotional pain
Sleeping too much or not sleeping enough
Talk of wanting to die or expressing plans to kill oneself
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Certain risk factors can make a person more to prone to suicidal tendencies. According to the National Institutes on Mental Health, risk factors can be circumstantial, family-related or hinge on a person’s physical/psychological health condition. Risk factors to consider include:
Being exposed to suicidal-type behavior in others, especially loved ones and friends
Having a history of family violence
Past sexual abuse
Having attempted suicide in the past
Being in prison
Mental health problems, such as depression and bipolar disorder
Substance abuse problems
Having access to firearms
Family history of suicide
While risk factors increase the likelihood a person will follow through on suicidal tendencies, protective factors have the opposite effect in terms of lessening the degree of duress a person experiences. Protective factors have to do with ensuring a person has ready access to needed treatment services; services which ultimately help in developing the types of coping skills that can carry him or her through difficult life periods. In effect, the more protective factors a person has the better off he or she will be in the long run.
If you suspect you or someone you know may be showing warning signs of suicide and have more questions, or need help finding treatment services, please feel free to call our toll-free helpline at 800-481-6320 to speak with one of addictions specialists.
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