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Warning signs of Suicide:•A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy•Always talking or thinking about death•Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse•Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights•Losing interest in things one used to care about•Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless•Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will•Saying things like "It would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"•Talking about suicide (killing one's self)•Visiting or calling people one cares about

•Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions•Fatigue and decreased energy•Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness•Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism•Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping•Irritability, restlessness•Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex•Overeating or appetite loss•Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment•Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings•Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Treatments for depression include:Social supportSleepMedicationsTherapy



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Prevention:Although most forms of depression cannot be prevented as it as illness and may be triggered by malfunctioning nerve cell connections in brain circuits, it can be alleviated through healthy habits. For example, a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and taking time out for fun and relaxation can sometimes help with depressive feelings.


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