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Are there warning signs of suicide with depression?

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Warning signs include:

  • A sudden switch from sadness to extreme calmness, or appearing to be happy
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • Taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, like tying up loose ends or changing a will
  • Saying things like "It would be better if I weren't here" or "I want out"
  • Talking about suicide
  • Visiting or calling close friends and loved ones

From: Symptoms of Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5.

National Institute of Mental Health: "What are the symptoms of depression?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression."

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Depression."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression in Older Adults: What it is and how to get help."

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 9, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5.

National Institute of Mental Health: "What are the symptoms of depression?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression."

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Depression."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression in Older Adults: What it is and how to get help."

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 9, 2017

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