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Recognizing Symptoms of Those At Risk

It's important that service members, veterans and their families learn how to recognize stressors in order to help those around them who may be having difficulty. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, there may be cause for concern. It is important to seek professional guidance right away if your loved one, co-worker or friend is:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing him/herself
  • Experiencing excessive rage, anger or desire for revenge
  • Seeking access to pills, weapons or other means of harming him/herself
  • Having feelings of anxiety, agitation or hopelessness
  • Talking or writing excessively about death, dying or suicide
  • Repeatedly reliving past stressful experiences 
  • Unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic changes in mood
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society
  • Feeling there is no reason for living
  • Engaging in significant alcohol or drug use
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out
  • Engaging in risky behavior, such as driving recklessly
  • Showing distinctive or drastic changes in behavior

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