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How do you know whether you, or someone else, is at risk for suicide; are there red flags? Although the answer is yes, the flags are not always bright red. Before looking at signs of suicide, there are two things to keep in mind.
The first is that many symptoms of major depression and bipolar disorder overlap with suicide warning signs. For example, if someone is experiencing mood swings, he or she may be depressed but not suicidal.
The same is true when someone thinks about suicide. Sometimes, a depressed person thinks about suicide because they feel awful. Dying would be a “relief” however, what they really desire is to feel better.
Second, the warning signals of suicide are not always apparent. Sometimes a person’s intention is obvious, but there are people who keep their feelings and ideas of suicide to themselves. Those who are secretive are often determined to follow through.
If you are worried that a friend or family member is suicidal, immediately let someone close to that person (parent, sibling) know what you suspect and why. You can also, if you wish, tell the person at risk what you suspect and ask whether it is true.
Suicidal ideation (suicidal thoughts) is a symptom of depression and does not, alone, mean you are planning a suicide. It very temporarily relieves symptoms to think about leaving everything behind, even if you do not plan on doing so. If you're thinking about suicide or feel suicidal but are not in immediate danger of acting on it, do the following:
If you are presently suicidal (have the intention or feel out of control), or know someone who is:
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