Many people suffer from depression. However, sometimes this condition can cause suicidal thoughts. When this happens, it should be taken seriously, no matter what you think the person's intentions actually are.
According to the CDC, there were close to 45,000 suicides in 2014. More than 1 million adults attempted suicide in that year, as well. Believe it or not, attempting to take one's life is the second leading cause of death in individuals aged 10 to 34. This might be shocking for some, but there are risk factors that come with suicide. More than 90% of all people who die by suicide have been diagnosed with clinical depression.
Thankfully, in addition to the risk factors, there are also warning signs of suicide. Below, you will find signs and symptoms that might help you identify someone who is planning to commit suicide. Once you've identified the signs, please contact someone who can help. There are suicide hotlines and help at Legacy Freedom with our therapists in Asheville NC.
- A significant change in the person’s weight or appetite
- Acting like they have a “death wish”
- Always down in the dumps
- Constantly saying they won’t be around much longer or in the way anymore
- Asking for pain medicine from friends or family
- Assuming that life isn’t worth continuing on with
- Assuming there’s nothing that can make life better
- Begins to suddenly get all affairs in order like paying large debts, changing wills, etc.
- Believing that life is too hard
- Change in appetite
- Checking into obtaining weapons
- Constantly feeling hopeless, worthless or helpless
- Continued sadness
- Depressed or sad mood
- Diagnosed with clinical depression
- Feeling guilty for no reason
- Feeling trapped
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Gives personal belongings away
- Inability to deal with normal day to day tasks
- Losing interest in things that used to be exciting and fun
- Loss of interest in life, in general
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
- Major weight gain
- Moving unusually slow or fast
- No energy
- Reduced thinking
- Refusing to hang out with friends and family
- Reminding loved ones they won’t be a burden for much longer
- Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
- Significant weight loss
- Sleeping all day
- Sleeping too little
- Sleeping too much
- Speaking with speed or slowness
- Starts making arrangements to give away or sell valuables
- Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
- Taking risks
- Talking of death
- Talking openly about how they may attempt suicide
- Telling loved ones that they won’t be around long enough to worry about certain things
- Tempting fate
- Thinking about how one might die
- Thinking that no one understands them
- Thinking the world would be better without them
- Unable to eat
- Unable to sleep through the night
- Visiting family and friends to say goodbye
- Weakened capability to think or concentrate
- Wishing for death
- Worried that the whole world is against them
If you, or someone you know, are showing signs of suicidal depression, please don't hesitate to get help. Don't underestimate any intentions in this case. It could be a matter or life or death.
Affordable Depression Therapist in Asheville NC
Sometimes, professional treatment from a facility like Legacy Freedom of Asheville NC is the only way to rise above depression and the symptoms you encounter with this disorder. We offer tailored treatments that help the direct needs of each of our patients. Support structures are a vital part of all recovery ventures. Several of our therapies occur in a group setting, surrounding you with the support you need to get back on the right path. It’s important to consider getting help, especially during the turn of the season, when you aren’t sure how the weather might affect your mood or behavior.
If you’d like to speak our therapists in Asheville NC about SAD or other mental health disorders and holistic treatment for them, feel free to contact Legacy Freedom for help. We are standing by to help you regain your strength and find the path to health and recovery.