My wife has a mood disorder, and she gets depressed often. Sometimes when she gets very depressed she will say things like "I was driving home and I thought if a deer jumps in front of me that's OK." or "The only thing that keeps me from hurting myself is my son."
If I ask her flat out if she really means this, she'll almost always backtrack and say she wouldn't do anything to hurt herself.
She is seeing a psychiatrist on a regular basis, and is compliant with her medication.
So the question is, should I get concerned when she says these things? She hasn't ever tried suicide, but of course I don't want it to get to that point. How can I tell if it's different this time?
One thing is that I'm worried about myself that I would dismiss all the signals, until it's too late.