When you are concerned about a loved one with depression or odd behavior, you need to recognize the potential signs of suicidal behavior. Suicide impacts the whole family and the friends of the person involved, not just the individual. By recognizing the signs, you can get appropriate help to manage the situation before it gets out of control or your loved one takes action on suicidal thoughts.
Depression and Mood Changes
A possible sign of suicidal behavior is the extreme depression that is often followed by changes to mood. In many cases, feelings of sadness, loneliness or despair are the trigger that leads to suicidal behavior and attempted suicide. When you notice that a loved one sinks further into depression or is experiencing sudden changes to his or her moods, it might be time to get help.
Sadness is a normal emotion, but depression that extends for long periods of time needs help to get under control. Severe depression and hopelessness is a sign that an individual might become suicidal, particularly if the sadness does not have any obvious reason.
If you notice that a loved one has started behaving recklessly or in a way that might lead to permanent harm, then it is time to seek help. Self-destructive behavior, such as cutting different areas of the body or taking unnecessary risks to personal health, is a sign of suicidal thoughts. This type of behavior requires help because it can lead to serious injuries or accidentally hurting others.
Although trauma does not always lead to suicidal thoughts, it can act as a trigger for the destructive behaviors. Trauma can take many forms, such as an attack or the death of a loved one. When your loved one has experienced a trauma and seems to become depressed from the experience, getting help to deal with the trauma is the best way to handle the situation.
Suicidal behavior is triggered by several possible situations, but it often has similar feelings of hopelessness attached to the thought processes. Although signs of the problem are not always easy to recognize, it is possible to prevent a suicide if you know what to look for in your loved one’s behavior.