Show More“Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain” (I-10). Ending a life is a big step in the wrong direction for most. Suicide is the killing of oneself. Suicide happens every day, and everyday a family’s life is changed. Something needs to be done to raise awareness of that startling fact. Suicide is a much bigger problem than society will admit; the causes, methods, and prevention need to be discussed more openly. Committing suicide probably sounds like a foreign idea to most people, but to the people who think about it, they deal with it every day. More importantly, the question is what leads people to kill themselves? In general, most people do not want to actually kill themselves, even though many…show more content…
Showering and grooming are good indications as to a person's inner mood. People who feel worse will typically not take as much care to look nice because do not feel nice. Social withdrawal is when a person would rather stay in and be alone rather than go out and be social (d-4). The real problem when it comes to depression is getting the motivation to go out and be around people even when people are not wanted. If a person wants to be alone that could be an indication they do not want to be seen by others because they feel poorly. Frequent tearfulness can be a sign of sadness (d5). Depression will cause more of a weakened emotional state where normal everyday things can see much more difficult to deal with. Suicide roots to depression and anxiety problems. People with anxiety problems are very likely to have depression because of the constant stress of fear in everything they do.
Purposelessness, hopelessness, and withdraw all indicate a state where a person could be led to suicide (L-1). In society, we all strive to have a sense of purpose, and if we feel we do not belong, depression can take over and coax more drastic behaviors to occur. People with depression lack interest in activities, have excessive anxiety, have sleep and eating disorders, are excessively irritable, and can exhibit behavior changes (d8). Eating disorders and reckless behavior are very common in people with depression and
An Introduction to SuicideJohn M. Grohol, Psy.D.
04 Apr 2005
Suicide is an irrational desire to die. We use the term "irrational" here because no matter how bad a person's life is, suicide is a permanent solution to what is nearly always a temporary problem. Suicide is a symptom and sign of serious depression. Depression is a treatable disorder, but often the treatment takes time, energy and effort on the part of the person who's feeling depressed. Sometimes, as a person who is depressed feels the energizing effects of an antidepressant medication, they will still feel depressed, but have more energy. It is during this time in treatment that many people turn to suicide and suicidal acts.
Suicide's effects are tragic and felt long after the individual has taken their own life. It is usually the second or third leading cause of death amongst teenagers, and remains one of the top ten leading causes of death well into middle-age. A person who dies by suicide leaves behind them a tangled confusion of family members and friends who try to make sense of a senseless and purposeless act.
Most people who think about suicide, however, never make a "serious" attempt at it (every attempt, though, is viewed as "serious" by the person making it). For every attempted suicide, there is thought to be one or more people where the thought of suicide has never translated into an actual attempt. With over a half a million people making a suicidal attempt each year, this translates into a huge problem that society largely ignores or tries to sweep under the rug. Prevention efforts largely target teenagers, but few professionals feel comfortable dealing with people who are actively suicidal. In most communities, the health care system is also not well-equipped to deal with the magnitude of the problem or the specific needs of a person who is suicidal.
Suicidal behavior is complex. Some risk factors vary with age, gender and ethnic group and may even change over time. The risk factors for suicide frequently occur in combination. Research has shown that 90 percent of people who kill themselves have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder.
Adverse life events in combination with other strong risk factors, such as depression, may lead to suicide. Suicide and suicidal behavior, however, are not normal responses to the stresses experienced by most people. Most people who experience one or more risk factors do not become suicidal. Other risk factors include:
- Prior suicide attempt
- Family history of mental or substance abuse disorder
- Family history of suicide
- Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
- Firearms in the home
- Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, including family members, peers and/or via the media in news or fiction stories.
Last updated: 29 Mar 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Mar 2015
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