Individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts often exhibit certain emotions and behaviors that point to anxiety, depression, hopeless, helplessness or a general sense of worthlessness. Some warning signs of suicidal thoughts include:

  • Often feeling depressed or sad
  • Experiencing clinical depression (loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, lack of interest in normal activities, intense sadness) that persists and/or intensifies
  • Feeling agitated, nervous or anxious
  • Having difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
  • Neglecting personal hygiene, not taking care of themselves, neglecting appearance
  • Avoiding interactions with other people, withdrawal
  • Intense and/or frequent mood alterations, including irritability, despair and agitation
  • Feeling like a failure, feeling worthless, inadequate, low self esteem
  • Lack of interest and participation in activities that used to be a source of pleasure, including work, school, and hobbies
  • Feeling guilty and/or ashamed

Individuals who experience suicidal thoughts often feel:

  • Worthless, helpless and hopeless
  • As if their life has no purpose
  • As if there is no reason to continue living
  • Trapped in their situation and unable to get out
  • Like there’s no solution
  • Like they’re hopeless or beyond help

When a person is having suicidal thoughts, they may think about death and/or suicide frequently. They might do any of the following:

  • Talk about death or about “wanting out” or “being done”
  • Mention suicidal thoughts, like a suicide plan or attempt
  • Discuss suicidal thoughts indirectly—hinting that they might not be around for much longer, talking about not wanting to wake up, talking about “going away,” etc.
  • Write or draw pictures about dying, death, and/or suicide

A person with suicidal thoughts may make preparations, including:

  • Visiting or calling friends and/or relatives and hint at saying goodbye
  • Getting their affairs in order or preparing a will
  • Giving away their belongings
  • Seeking pills, guns, or other things they could use to hurt themselves

If a person is having suicidal thoughts, their behavior may change drastically. These changes may be manifested by:

  • Taking excessive and/or unnecessary risks
  • Acting recklessly and/or impulsively
  • Poor performance in school or work
  • Taking potentially fatal risks, such as driving recklessly
  • Exhibit violent behavior and/or excessive anger towards others or themselves
  • Switching unexpectedly from excessive sadness to happiness and/or calm

There are certain life issues that can exacerbate feelings of loss and intensify suicidal thoughts. These include:

  • Major health problems, diagnoses, loss of functioning or anticipated loss of functioning
  • Loss of a home job, financial resources, social status, and/or their sense of security
  • A potentially humiliating and/or devastating situation, such as losing a job
  • The real or potential end of an important relationship, as in a divorce or break-up
  • The loss of a person important to them

Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression, suicidal thoughts, or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression, and suicidal thoughts that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and suicidal thoughts can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.