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What are the warning signs of suicide due to bipolar disorder?

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Some people who have bipolar disorder may become suicidal. Learn the warning signs and seek immediate medical help for them. They include:

  • Depression (changes in eating, sleeping, activities)
  • Isolating yourself
  • Talking about suicide, hopelessness, or helplessness
  • Acting recklessly
  • Taking more risks
  • Having more accidents
  • Abusing alcohol or other drugs
  • Focusing on morbid and negative themes
  • Talking about death and dying
  • Crying more, or becoming less emotionally expressive
  • Giving away possessions

From: Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

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