Knowing The Signs of Suicidal Tendencies
Many things can be said about suicide, but many people left behind always say they didn't see it coming. While it can be quite a shock, some signs indicate that a person is experiencing some suicidal thoughts.
People are said to have suicidal tendencies when they exhibit behavior that deems them at risk of committing suicide. Knowing what to look for can help you to see it and give them the care they need at that particular time.
Sudden personality changes
People who are suicidal are prone to having a complete personality change seemingly out of nowhere that can be quite confusing for those closest to them. Their emotions tend to swing wildly from one extreme to the other, with them being happy one minute, to bursting into tears the next.
If you know someone experiencing these symptoms, it is important to find a therapist to understand what they are going through and provide them with good coping mechanisms. ZenCare has a wide selection of professionally vetted therapists with years of experience in dealing with suicidal ideation and how to overcome them.
Suicidal thoughts start when a person feels tired and like they have nothing to live for. Taking alcohol and other drugs can help them forget for a while, but it is usually temporary relief. This leads to substance abuse, with the person needing excessive amounts to keep the suicidal thoughts at bay.
You should be concerned when the person cannot go a day, or even a few hours, without being sober. In addition, make sure that you know where they keep everything, as some drugs, like pills, can be very easy to hide. Don't let them be alone where they might be influenced to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Once a person no longer values their life, they are more likely to engage in behavior that puts them at risk. Even when there is a safe option available, they are likely to choose something that might be dangerous to them and others around. This includes reckless driving, unsafe sex, and even putting themselves in dangerous situations. They may also develop a high tolerance for pain and start hiding any injuries they might have.
It may seem like they are fearless, but it can be a cry for help that can save their lives if heeded. It is important to watch out for signs of self-harming or if the person has access to weapons that can aid in suicide.
Lack of interest in life
A person suffering from suicidal tendencies may emotionally withdraw from everything that once brought them joy. Whether at work or just a hobby, they may find it exhausting to do anything or even pretend to enjoy it as it all feels like too much.
They may even detach themselves from their loved ones and choose to miss social events with them. While this can also be a sign of depression, losing interest in everyday things should be a matter of concern regarding suicide. Once you identify these signs, involve the person in interesting activities, enroll them in support groups and advise them for professional consultation.
Changes in sleeping habits
The amount of sleep you get daily determines your mental and physical health. A person with suicidal behavior has a greatly disrupted sleeping pattern which can keep them up at night so that they're always tired and not thinking rationally.
On the flip side, you may find the person sleeping more than usual because they want to avoid the outside world. These drastic changes in their sleeping schedule should be closely monitored and attempts made to create a balance.