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    Warning Signs of Suicide in Adults

    Warning Signs of Suicide in Adults

    Topic Overview

    The following warning signs may be present in adults who have a high risk for suicide:

    Factors that may increase the risk of suicide include having:

    • A family member who has committed suicide.
    • A family history of depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
    • A history of physical or sexual abuse.
    • Diagnosis of a serious medical illness.
    • Failing relationships.
    • A divorce.
    • A recent life change, such as a death of a spouse or other member of the family, marriage, break-up of a marriage, the birth of a child, a job loss, a job promotion or demotion, or legal problems.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. Talk to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
    Last Revised November 27, 2012

    Last Revised: November 27, 2012

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