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People contemplating suicide feel their problems are inescapable and feel like they have totally lost control They cant think clearly or make decisions They feel that they cant stop the pain They dont see themselves as worthwhile and cant make the sadness stop They may feel they can not gain control over their life or see any kind of future without pain Studies have found that there are ten main elements that appear often in cases of suicide and thus have come to be considered the common elements leading to suicide It has been found that the common purpose of suicide attempts is to try to find a solution to a problem the common goal is the cessation of consciousness The common stimulus is unbearable psychological pain and the common stressor is frustrated psychological needs The common emotion is hopelessness and the common cognitive state is ambivalence The common perceptual state is constriction or tunnel vision and the common action is escape Finally the common interpersonal act is communication of intentions and the common pattern is a consistency in life-long patterns of coping mechanisms About 80 of people considering suicide give warning signs although they may not be obvious A person contemplating suicide may talk about it might not be sleeping or eating like they did or may withdraw from friends and family They may lose interest in work or in their hobbies They may give away things which are their prized possessions A person thinking about killing him or herself may be preoccupied with death or speak of worthlessness and hopelessness They may be signs of increased drug use or a lack of interest in their appearance There are several factors which place individuals at a higher risk for suicide Psychologic autopsy studies have shown that 90 of the completed suicides are related to psychiatric disorders most commonly major depression and alcohol abuse The studies show the illness
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