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Symptoms of Suicidal Depression and How to Spot Suicidal Behavior

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8th through the 14th. While it’s always important to talk about suicide, this week is dedicated to spreading awareness and information. The goal is to save lives that might otherwise be lost to suicide.

Are you worried that somebody you know is feeling suicidal? How can you tell, and what can you do to help? After all, you might be able to save a life.

Let’s talk about symptoms of suicidal depression and how to spot suicidal behavior.

Symptoms of Suicidal Depression and How to Spot Suicidal Behavior

Some symptoms of suicidal depression and how to spot suicidal behavior include:

  • Frequent thoughts of death or violence
  • Avoiding social contact
  • Talking about suicide
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Risky or self-destructive behavior
  • Self harming
  • Saying goodbye to people like it’s the last time you’ll see them
  • Finding ways to kill yourself, like stockpiling drugs or buying a gun
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Sleeping or eating more or less
  • Agitation or anxiousness
  • Giving away belongings

Risk Factors for Suicidal Depression

Suicidal depression can affect anybody. However, there are many risk factors that can increase a person’s risk of committing suicide, like:

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Alcoholism or drug addiction
  • An underlying psychiatric problem, like PTSD, bipolar disorder, or major depression
  • Chronic pain or illness or a terminal diagnosis
  • Being LGBTQ+ in an unsupportive home
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless, agitated, lonely, or socially isolated
  • Having suicidal thoughts with a gun in the home
  • A stressful life event
  • A family history of drug abuse, mental illness, violence, or sexual abuse

Treatment for Suicidal Depression

Luckily, suicidal depression is treatable. While medication (like antidepressants) or talk therapy alone may work, the two are usually combined for the best results. Other treatment for suicidal depression may include:

  • Exercise – Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times per week can improve your mood
  • Limiting or eliminating drug or alcohol use – Drugs and alcohol can worsen depression
  • Alternative therapies – Acupuncture, meditation, or herbal supplements may improve symptoms
  • Light therapy – Using a UV lamp can increase levels of serotonin, the “happiness hormone”
  • Take care of yourself – Get enough sleep, avoid negative people, eat healthy, set boundaries, participate in activities you enjoy, learn a new skill

Suicidal Depression Treatment Online

The good news is that suicidal depression is treatable. Better than that, you can now get suicidal depression treatment online with PlushCare.

Now, you can have an online or phone appointment with a psychiatrist. If they think that medication will help, they can send an electronic prescription to your pharmacy.

Some common prescriptions our doctors write are for antidepressants, including:

Asking for help for suicidal depression can be very difficult. Talking to a psychiatrist online may make it a little easier. After all, depression makes it hard to find the energy to leave your home to go to an appointment.

Getting started is easy. Simply click here or call (888) 976-0540 any time to schedule an appointment.

You can feel better or help a friend or family member find hope and happiness again. All you need to do it reach out.

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