OtherFirearms in the home, the method used in more than half of suicides.Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures.Being male, men are more likely than women to carry out suicide because they generally use more lethal means, such as a firearm.Being homosexual with a non-supportive family or in a hostile environment.Being a man aged 65 or older.Onset of antidepressants and risk of suicide increase
Studies have shown a possible link between initiation of antidepressant treatment and an increased risk of suicide, and for this reason drug regulators require manufacturers of all antidepressants to include the warning that they may increase the risk of suicide in young people during the first two months of treatment.
However, the link between antidepressants and suicidal thoughts is not yet definitively clarified: to be sure, those who start taking an antidepressant must be observed closely for any signs of suicidal thoughts, because the first effect of the drug could be to return a pinch of courage and self-sufficiency such as to be able to carry out the previous thought.
Children aged 25 and under appear to be at greater risk.SymptomsThe warning signs to watch out for in trying to predict a suicide attempt are different:ideation (thinking, speaking or wishing to commit suicide),substance use or abuse
(increased use or change of substance),lack of purpose in life (no sense of purpose or belonging),anger ,feeling trapped (feeling that there is no way out),despair (there is nothing to live for, there is no hope or optimism),isolation (from family, friends, work, school, activities, hobbies),anxiety (restlessness, irritability, agitation),recklessness
(high-risk behavior),mood disorders (dramatic mood changes),talk about suicide,search for ways to die (Internet searches on how to commit suicide, looking for guns, pills, …),talking about hopelessness, helplessness or worthlessness,think a lot about death,improved quality of life suddenly happier and more peaceful,loss of interest in the things you like,
visits or calls to loved ones, especially after a long absence,make deals or settle business,giving away items, such as precious goods.The warning signs are not always obvious and vary from person to person; some make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.
DangersSuicide and suicidal ideation have many potential complications. and the most obvious and tragic, of course, is death.Depending on the type of attempt made, it is possible to face permanent injuries (organ failure, coma, brain damage, paralysis, …).I
n some cases the attempt turns into a danger for other people as well (think of those who decide to commit suicide with gas at home), but even the person who survives the attempt can experience debilitating feelings such as depression and guilt.In some cases, people with suicidal ideas may want to involve loved ones in a homicide-suicide attempt as well.