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Emotional absence

A suicide or a suicide attempt is usually carried out in the absence of emotion.

The suicidal person may feel like a ghost or zombie, not present or connected with those around them.

That is how they may seem to others too. 

'At the time of my attempt... no emotions whatsoever...'

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Suicidal person point of view

“At the time of my attempt winning the lottery or bereavement would have felt exactly the same, with no emotions whatsoever. And I suppose that's why you don't think: ‘I can't do this because I've a family’, because you're probably thinking they're thinking the same way anyway. They're not, you know, there's nothing.”

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Suicidal person point of view

“At the time of my attempt winning the lottery or bereavement would have felt exactly the same, with no emotions whatsoever. And I suppose that's why you don't think: ‘I can't do this because I've a family’, because you're probably thinking they're thinking the same way anyway. They're not, you know, there's nothing.”

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Family/friend point of view

“And then he kind of went quiet and he wasn't saying anything. When I came back over that Christmas he was just quiet and like a bit of a shell. You know, usually you'd just hear his laughing constantly through the house but he wasn't like that at all. He was walking around like a bit of a zombie and, you could see it in his eyes, he was away somewhere else really.”