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How to Identify Signs of Suicidal Thinking, Behavior & Warnings

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Thoughts of suicide are terrifying to both the victim and those close to them. Learning how to identify suicide warnings is the first step in helping either yourself or someone you love to find a healthy way to deal with this complex challenge.

Some common signs of suicidal behavior are:

  • Talking about wanting to die.
  • Making a plan for killing oneself, such as performing online searches or purchasing a weapon.
  • Behaving in a way that seems irritable, anxious, or reckless.
  • Extreme mood swings.
  • Expressing rage and a desire for revenge.
  • Concern about being a burden to others.
  • Feelings of being trapped or in lots of pain.
  • Socially withdrawing.
  • Unexpected conversations or visits to say goodbye.
  • Self-harming behavior.

If these are behaviors that you recognize in yourself, do not wait to seek help. Admission to a facility like Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital may sound like a big step, but your life is worth it.

One of the common myths when it comes to the signs of suicidal thinking is that once the impulse is there, there is no going back. This is simply not true. The impulse to end it all, though overwhelmingly overpowering, does not last forever. There is hope.

Suicide Warnings in Loved Ones

If these symptoms sound familiar to you in your interactions with someone close you to you, the time to act is now. Do not be afraid to talk to them directly about having the desire to kill themselves. Talking about the subject openly is one of the most helpful things you can do, especially if you listen kindly and without judgment. Keep them safe and help them connect with a professional.

The reality is that most who suffer from suicidal thoughts do not want death. They want the pain to end. At Dallas Behavioral Healthcare, we know that there is hope and healing for you and for your loved ones. We have a variety of programs to help individuals and families learn to handle and prevent emotional crises.