Troubled Teen Options

Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide is a very serious topic to discuss. It is important that anyone reading this understands that we are not Dr.ís or medical professionals. We are people that have raised families and worked in the troubled teen industry for several years. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, we recommend that you have the person visit a medical Dr. and or a Psychiatrist. There are many signs that can indicate that a person is depressed. Just because a person is depressed does not mean that they are suicidal. As mentioned previously however, seek the advice of a medical professional rather than trying to diagnose this yourself. The following is a list of symptoms that can accompany a person seeking. It is easy to research suicide warning signs on the Internet. Here is a list of some that we found.

* Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself

* Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means

* Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person

* Feeling hopeless

* Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge

* Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking

* Feeling trapped-like there's no way out

* Increasing alcohol or drug use

* Withdrawing from friends, family, and society

* Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

* Experiencing dramatic mood changes

* Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

This list was found on the following site:

Suicide Warning a Cry for Help

Some times the person exhibiting some of the signs above are really in need of some help, or someone to talk to. We know of teens that have displayed suicide warning signs because they wanted help. They didnít know how to get it or who to ask help from. For example, if you know someone that is starting to become withdrawn, you may be able to help them before they slip into a deep depression. By increasing your care and concern for them, you may be able to prevent a suicide warning sign from turning into a suicide attempt. In some cases teens have displayed suicide warning signs, and even attempted suicide and no one around them has noticed. It is sad that there are teens and even adults that donít have anyone close enough to them to notice major changes in behaviors or other suicide warning signs. Some times a teen will make a suicide attempt as a cry for help and to get someoneís attention and they will succeed in killing themselves. This is even more discouraging to think that the teen could have been saved, if someone would have noticed.