What symptoms of mental illness may cause a person to contemplate suicide?

The following are key factors that contribute to why a person may contemplate suicide:

1. Major Depressive Disorder: According to the American Association of Suicidology document, Facts about Suicide, the risk of suicide in people with Major Depressive Disorder is about 20 times that of the general population. Individuals who have had multiple episodes of depression are at greater risk for suicide than those who have had one episode.
2. Severe Mood Swings: People with bipolar disorder who experience severe mood swings that take them from depression to mania and back are at high risk for suicide. Not only do they experience the symptoms of depression, they also experience mania.
3. Presence of Psychotic Symptoms

Command voices: Many people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and in some cases with depression, hear voices.
Thought and cognition difficulties: Many people have no insight into their psychosis and no idea that their cognition could be impaired.

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