10 Warning Signs of Suicide: How Survival Results in Being Revenant

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Renowned psychotherapist, Edy Nathan MA, LCSW offers 10 warning signs of suicide. She highlights the Oscar nominated movie "The Revenant".

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When a person fights to live through the lure and relief that suicidal thinking can often offer, they are actually coming back from the dead every time they choose to go on another day.

Suicide occurs more in the month of May than at any other time of the year. The statistic show that comparatively, men are more likely to die from suicide than women, yet women are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide. The intention to kill oneself may be more about wanting the pain to die, rather than wanting life to end.

The available choices to create a life worth living seem distant and impossible for those who struggle with depression and despair.

In the Oscar nominated movie, “The Revenant”, the demeanor of furrier Hugh Glass is raw and ravaged by the depths of potent grief and mourning. Filled with sorrow, and a yearning to get to the other side, revenge keeps him in the cycle of life. The deaths of his son and wife invigorate his craving to survive. His heart wrenching and exhausting retaliation is fueled by the internal psychology of dark Eros. And against all odds he metaphorically returns from the dead.

Internalized anguish and desperate grief often zaps the soul and leaves people with thoughts of suicide. Nathan believes that “there are people who will clearly show their pain and misery. You will notice changes in their emotional, physical and psychological presentation. If you know someone who might be in danger of ending their life there are distinct warning signs.”

The 10 warning signs of suicidal thinking:

1.    Hearing that the person feels trapped or believes they are a strain on others.
2.    Sudden withdrawal from social activities with family and friends
3.    Excessive or decreased sleep or food intake
4.    Anger, rage, anxiety
5.    Unusually aggressive
6.    Giving away clothing, furniture or jewelry: especially prized possessions
7.    Prior Suicide attempts
8.    Depressed attitude: hopeless and helpless
9.    Displaying excessive mood swings
10.     Putting affairs in order with no apparent need to do so

When a person fights to live through the lure and relief that suicidal thinking can often offer, they are actually coming back from the dead every time they choose to go on another day. They become the revenant.

About Edy Nathan:
Edy Nathan is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience specializing in grief. For two seasons, she was the therapist on the A&E TV Show, “Psychic Kids." She holds Masters from both New York University and Fordham University. She has post-graduate training from the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, The Gestalt Center and the Jungian Institute. She is a certified EMDR practitioner, regression therapist, certified hypnotherapist, relationship and grief expert. To find out more, visit EdyNathan.com.

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