Suicide alienation recognizing signs of depression

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Suicide alienation Recognizing signs of depression and seeking help is critical to suicide prevention. Write down three danger signs you might detect in someone who is thinking about suicide. Then explain why you think these are warning signs of suicide. What do you think family members and friends can do to help a loved one who is exhibiting these signs? 230 Chapter 9 Mental and Emotional Problems
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T EEN S UICIDE : R ECOGNIZING THE W ARNING S IGNS The warning signs of suicide should be taken seriously. The more signs a person exhibits, the more likely it is that he or she is thinking about suicide. Strategies to Prevent Suicide lthough most thoughts about committing suicide are impul- A sive and temporary, the unfortunate consequence—death or debilitating injury—is permanent. The warning signs of suicide are described in Figure 9.2. Your ability to recognize these signs in yourself or others can mean the difference between life and death. When a teen talks about committing suicide—whether it’s done in a serious, casual, or even humorous way— he or she must be taken seriously. Never bargain with someone who is thinking about sui- cide. Any discussion or suggestion about suicide requires immedi- ate intervention. Seek adult assistance without delay. Despite the fact that depression is very treatable, untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide. People who appear to have mental health problems need to be encouraged repeatedly to seek help—especially if they seem suicidal. With adequate help and support, people suffering from depression, extreme stress, or other mental and emotional problems can often find new purpose and happiness. 231 Lesson 2 Suicide Prevention Verbal Signs Direct statements such as these: “I want to die.” “I don’t want to live anymore.” “I wish I were dead.” Indirect statements such as these: “I won’t have to put up with this much longer.” “I just want to go to sleep and never wake up.” “They’ll be sorry when I’m gone.” “Soon this pain will be over.” “I can’t take it anymore.” “Nothing matters.” “I won’t be a problem for you much longer.” “What’s the use?” Writing poems, song lyrics, or diary entries that deal with death. Suicide threats or insinuations that are either direct or indirect. Nonverbal or Behavioral Signs An unusual obsession with death Withdrawal from friends Dramatic changes in personality, hygiene, or appearance Impulsive, irrational, or bizarre behavior An overwhelming sense of guilt, shame, or rejection; negative self-evaluation Significant deterioration in schoolwork or recreational performance Preoccupation with giving away personal belongings Substance abuse Frequent complaints about physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue Persistent boredom and indifference Violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away Intolerance for praise or rewards
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