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What are warning signs of suicide with untreated depression?

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Depression is a serious medical condition. It can lead someone to think about or plan killing themselves. Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Talking, writing, or thinking about killing or hurting oneself or threatening to do so
  • Depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • Having a "death wish" -- tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death -- for example, driving through red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, or changing a will
  • Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  • Sudden switch from sadness to calmness or happiness
  • Unexpected calls or visits to family and friends
  • Talking about suicide or writing a suicide note
  • Drinking more or using more drugs
  • Watching well-publicized murder and/or suicide reports in the media
  • Searching online for ways to commit suicide
  • Preparing for suicide, like getting a gun or pills

From: Untreated Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Depression?” and "Suicide in the US: Statistics and Prevention."

The National Women’s Health Information Center: “Depression.”

National Cancer Institute: “Depression (PDQ).”

Food and Drug Administration: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Mental Health America: “Facts about Depression and Suicide.”

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

National Alliance on Mental Illness:  "The Impact and Cost of Mental Illness: The Case of Depression."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Depression?” and "Suicide in the US: Statistics and Prevention."

The National Women’s Health Information Center: “Depression.”

National Cancer Institute: “Depression (PDQ).”

Food and Drug Administration: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Mental Health America: “Facts about Depression and Suicide.”

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

National Alliance on Mental Illness:  "The Impact and Cost of Mental Illness: The Case of Depression."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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