What are the characteristics of suicidal individuals?

Updated: Jul 26, 2021
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Suicidal individuals have a number of characteristics, including the following:

  • A preoccupation with death

  • A sense of isolation and withdrawal

  • Few friends or family members

  • An emotional distance from others

  • Distraction and lack of humor - They often seem to be "in their own world" and lack a sense of humor (anhedonia)

  • Focus on the past - They dwell on past losses and defeats and anticipate no future; they voice the notion that others and the world would be better off without them

  • Haunted and dominated by hopelessness and helplessness

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