a. Behavior Signs. Behavior signs are actions or behaviors that a person takes, such as spending more money than usual or increasing alcohol consumption. These signs may also give some indication of the person's thinking.

b. Crisis. Crisis is the point at which customary problem-solving or decisionmaking methods are no longer adequate. At this turning point, a person may choose suicide as a way to solve the problem.

c. Depression. Depression refers to feelings (moods) of sadness, despair, and discouragement, and (as such) may be a normal state. Depression that may be disruptive to the soldier is commonly manifested in decreased thinking processes or purposeful physical activity, guilt, self-condemnation, hopelessness, and disorders of eating and sleeping.

d. Intervention. Intervention is treatment by health care personnel when there is some question of the individual's ability to cope with his own resources and requires assistance. This action is also known as "crisis intervention" when the individual shows signs of reaching a crisis point.

e. Stress. Stress is any situation or action that places physical or psychological demands upon a person. Exhaustion refers to prolonged and unrelieved strain and tension generated in a person by situations encountered in life.

f. Stressors. Stressors are specific situations that may trigger stress in a person (for example, taking a test, playing a game of football, receiving or not receiving a promotion, a permanent change of station).

g. Suicide. Suicide is the act of intentionally killing oneself.

h. Suicidal Attempt. A suicide attempt is the act of self-damage inflicted with self- destructive intention, however vague and ambiguous. Sometimes this intention has to be inferred from the person's behavior.

i. Verbal Signs. Verbal signs are spoken words or acts or interpersonal communication, such as telephone calls or an ordinary conversation. These signs may reveal the thoughts of a person.

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