behaviors before a suicide attempt

Symptoms

Often, but not always, a person may show certain symptoms or behaviors before a suicide attempt, including:

  • Having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly

  • Giving away belongings

  • Talking about going away or the need to “get my affairs in order”

  • Suddenly changing behavior, especially calmness after a period of anxiety

  • Losing interest in activities they used to enjoy

  • Performing self-destructive behaviors, such as heavily drinking alcohol, using illegal drugs, or cutting their body

  • Pulling away from friends or not wanting to go out

  • Suddenly having trouble in school or work

  • Talking about death or suicide, or even saying that they want to hurt themselves

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty

  • Changing sleep or eating habits

  • Arranging ways to take their own life (such as buying a gun or many pills)

  • A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.-source
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