Once perceived as a taboo topic of discussion, suicidal behaviors can take many forms for individuals who deal with hopelessness and depression on a daily basis.
The American Association of Suicidology reports that, in 2010, North Carolina saw 1,174 suicides, and the data suggests that per every single suicide, six other individuals who have some relationship with the deceased person are affected.
For those who suffer from psychological disorders, depression, side effects from drugs, and any combination of stressful circumstances, suicidal behaviors can take many forms, and may or may not be noticed by the people closest to them. Sadly, if risky or suicidal behaviors go undetected, the individual may go through with their intended plan and commit suicide, spawning a lifetime of heartache and unnecessary difficulties for their loved ones, full of unanswered questions and regret.
Have you or a loved one been affected by suicidal behaviors? Did you experience a suicide that could have been avoided if suicidal behaviors were detected in that individual? If the suicide was a result of another person’s negligence or an unintended side effect of a prescription drug, you may have a personal injury claim that could qualify you for compensation due to your pain and anguish.
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Common Signs of Suicidal Behavior
The pain that many people suffer is not always obvious. Because of this, it is important for us to keep a watchful eye on our friends and family members to detect any behavior that may seem out of character or odd.
Some of the most common suicidal behaviors and warning signs include:
- Reckless or daredevil behavior
- Increased use of drugs or alcohol
- Discussion of death or suicide
- Giving away possessions, or getting affairs in order
- Expressing feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or desperation
- Expressing the feeling that, “everyone would be better off without me”
- …and other signs that may indicate a person feels hopeless or directionless
These signs may vary from person to person, and each age group will have their own behaviors that seem stranger than others. Additionally, the indicators will vary due to specific personality traits.
As an example, an introverted person may not be as outspoken about their emotions as a person who is naturally extroverted. Or, some individuals who are feeling suicidal may express only extreme anger and recklessness, but may not seem depressed or vulnerable unless they are deeply questioned about their state of mind. In any event, it is vital to keep communication open and to reach out to any friends or family members who you believe may be exhibiting suicidal behavior.
It is vital to impress upon them that their situation is not hopeless; there is always a solution that they may not be able to see, but offering them moral support is a great first step.
Common Causes of Suicidal Behavior
No two people will experience life the same way, no matter how similar their lives or backgrounds. Perception is a form of reality, and an individual’s perception of their life influences what they believe about themselves and what value they believe they have in the world. That said there are many common situations that may lead to suicidal thoughts or actions, which may unfortunately result in actually ending their own life.
The following are some of the most common causes of suicidal behavior:
- Stressful life events, such as the loss of a loved one, or divorce
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from military service, an assault, or other traumatic event
- Unintended side effect from prescription drugs, such as antidepressants
- A family history of mental disorders
- Being the victim of bullying
- Struggling with drug or alcohol addiction
- Psychological disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia
- …to name a few
If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal behaviors, confide in a friend, call 911, or reach out to a suicide prevention hotline, such as 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Suicides can always be prevented if the proper measures are taken, but in the event a loved one commits suicide, the pain and suffering that the survivors feel is incalculable. Suicides can sometimes be the result of psychological malpractice if a mental health practitioner fails to diagnose, treat, or correctly prescribe medication to the patient exhibiting suicidal behavior.
Additionally, certain prescription drugs have been found to prompt suicide as an unintended side effect of their use, which leaves the survivors to question whether the suicide could have been avoided had the drug companies conducted more studies or banned its use altogether.
In either case, there is no need to suffer silently and shoulder the burden of a loved one’s suicide because of the negligence of drug companies or psychological malpractice. Contacting an attorney with experience in personal injury, especially one that is familiar with the particular circumstances surrounding your tragedy, will only assist you and your loved ones in moving on from the suicide and onto concentrating on honoring your loved one’s memory.
Contacting A Personal Injury Lawyer
Lewis & Keller want to help you or your loved one recover due compensation for the suicide that your loved one suffered. With over 150 combined years of legal experience, the lawyers at our firm are well-versed in personal injury law and can skillfully represent you or your loved one to ensure that justice is brought to the responsible parties.
In addition to offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., the talented litigators of Lewis & Keller also proudly serve the following areas:
- Chapel Hill
- High Point
- …and most other surrounding towns in North Carolina.
The effects of a suicide can be traumatic and long lasting, and there’s no need to suffer in silence or without competent representation.
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