Advertisement

What are warning signs of suicide in people with bipolar disorder?

Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
The signs and symptoms that accompany suicidal feelings in bipolar disorder include the following:
  • Talking about feeling suicidal or wanting to die
  • Feeling hopeless, that nothing will ever change or get better
  • Feeling helpless, that nothing you do makes any difference
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Putting affairs in order (such as organizing finances or giving away possessions to prepare for your death)
  • Writing a suicide note
  • Putting yourself in harm's way or in situations where there's a danger of being killed
Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More

More About this Book

Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More

After receiving a bipolar diagnosis, you need clear answers. Bipolar 101 is a straightforward guide to understanding bipolar disorder. It includes all the information you need to control your...
All of us would like to know of any warning signs that a suicide attempt is imminent in people with bipolar disorder. The answer is sometimes there are, but sometimes the suicide occurs in a severe mixed state that occurs suddenly, and friends may have no way of seeing it coming. The warning signs that can tip one off are several, including talk of suicide or death, or just references to death. The individual may "put their affairs in order" by giving things away, updating a will, going through the garage full of stuff, and doing the things that would make it easier on those they leave behind. Acquiring information online about how to commit suicide or researching materials to help one commit suicide are of course major red flags. Rehearsal, in the form of visiting the place one plans to commit suicide, tying a rope, or dry firing a gun, are all serious red flags as well.

Continue Learning about Suicide & Suicidal Behavior

How to Spot These Subtle Warning Signs of Suicide
How to Spot These Subtle Warning Signs of Suicide
More than 47,000 people took their own lives in 2017, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers fo...
Read More
5 Suicide Risk Factors You Need to Know About
5 Suicide Risk Factors You Need to Know About
It’s troubling but true: suicide rates are on the rise in the United States. In 2016, 44,965 Americans completed a suicide, up from 44,193 in 2015 an...
Read More
Can the media affect how the population views mental illness and suicide?
World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH)World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH)
Media matters in the responsible depiction of mental illness and suicide. Historically, and even tod...
More Answers
How do most African cultures view suicide?
World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH)World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH)
Suicide is shrouded in secrecy and attracts stigma in most African countries. Most African countries...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.