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Suicide prevention and counseling

While suicide is not a mental illness, it is the most serious consequence of treatable disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety, and others.

Knowing the warning signs for suicide can help save the life of one you love. Lifeologie counselors in Oak Cliff can help understand why these thoughts exist. Suicide is tragic and the causes are very complicated. One key thing to note is that suicide is a NOT a normal response to stress. These thoughts and actions are also not a harmless bid for attention. They should never be ignored. It is important to contact a therapist who specializes in diagnosing and treating serious mental health conditions that can lead to suicide.

Suicide Warning Signs

Any of the following could be potential warning signs for suicide. :

  • Excessive sadness or moodiness
  • Unexpected rage
  • Feeling a deep sense of hopelessness
  • Sleep problems
  • Sudden calmness after a period of depression
  • Withdrawal and avoidance of friends and loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in personality and/or appearance for the worse
  • Dangerous behavior including the increasing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Recent trauma or life crisis, especially lose of a loved one or a breakup
  • Making preparations
  • Verbalizing their intent or threatening suicide

Impact of age and gender on suicide

Men are more likely to die by suicide than women, but women are more likely to attempt suicide. In addition, men typically implement deadlier methods, such as firearms or suffocation. Poisoning or overdose is more common among women. Unfortunately, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults.

If you or your loved one are interested in getting professional help, contact us at our Lifeologie Oak Cliff office, 972-590-8030. We can provide individual counseling and family therapy to address all concerns.

Other, immediate resources:

The Crisis Text Line: 741741

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).