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What are warning signs of suicide risk in someone who has bipolar disorder?

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If you are concerned that someone may be thinking about suicide, get help right away. One option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. It's available 24 hours a day, every day. Warning signs of suicide may include:

  • Talking about suicide
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Saying things like "It would be better if I wasn't here"
  • Worsening depression
  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Taking dangerous risks
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Putting affairs in order, changing a will
  • Hoarding pills
  • Unusual interest in highly publicized disasters or suicides

From: Bipolar Disorder and Self-Injury WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Stop Abuse for Everyone: "Self-Abuse Finally Ends."

Mental Health America: "Tips for living with people with mental illnesses in uncertain times."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Treatment strategies for depression and bipolar disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Stop Abuse for Everyone: "Self-Abuse Finally Ends."

Mental Health America: "Tips for living with people with mental illnesses in uncertain times."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Treatment strategies for depression and bipolar disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

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