Antidepressants and Suicide
Suggestions for MonitoringClose monitoring is very important when an antidepressant is first started or when a dose is changed. Children, adolescents, and young adults may have an increased risk for suicidality. However, warning signs in any age group should be reported immediately to a healthcare provider. These warning signs may include:
- Thoughts about dying or suicide
- Any suicide attempt
- New or worsening depression
- New or worsening anxiety
- Feelings of restlessness or agitation
- Panic attacks
- Problems sleeping (insomnia)
- Aggression, anger, or violent acts
- Dangerous, impulsive behaviors
- Excessive talking or activity (mania)
- Any other unusual changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings.
- Sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings.
If you notice any of the warning signs listed above, or any other symptoms that concern you, it is important that you contact your (or your loved one's) healthcare provider immediately. Do not stop taking an antidepressant without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping an antidepressant suddenly may cause other serious problems.
If you or someone you know is actively thinking of suicide, please seek immediate help. Help is available -- you do not have to suffer alone. Contact your healthcare provider, or call a suicide hotline, such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.