Article taken from
Suicide Ireland 13th July 2012
Information to help you spot the warning signs of depression and suicidal behaviour. We can all make a difference.
What are the warning signs?
These are some of the classic signs that someone you know may be in need of some help. Please watch for the following symptoms…
Talking About Dying
- any mention of dying, disappearing, jumping, shooting oneself, or other types of self harm.
- through death, divorce, separation, broken relationship, loss of job, money, status, self-confidence, self-esteem, loss of religious faith, loss of interest in friends, sex, hobbies, activities previously enjoyed
Change in Personality
- Sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic
- Change in Behaviour
- Can’t concentrate on school, work, routine tasks
- Change in Sleep Patterns
- Insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, nightmares
- Change in Eating Habits
- Loss of appetite and weight, or overeating
- Diminished Sexual Interest
- Impotence, menstrual abnormalities (often missed periods)
- Fear of losing control
- Harming self or others
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling worthless, shame, overwhelming guilt, self-hatred, “everyone would be better off without me”