Emotion runs deep in the human psyche. Depression is the far end of the spectrum, allowing thoughts to flow in, detrimental to your well-being.
Trauma, often emotional, leads to such a choice.
Suicide is the voluntary taking of your own life, just to proscribe a term for the discussion.
To be honest, I had just one episode when I was 18, dating a 26 year old, and we broke up. My world was devastated, had lost my virginity, and was in
love, but couldn't see the future without her. I had a loaded handgun in my glovebox, and drove my 2 by (pickup truck) into the middle of a field in
the middle of nowhere after driving for hours on end. I sat and cried, contemplating, (never did take the gun out of the glovebox) thinking I'd show
her for the pain she caused. I cried myself to sleep, spending a night on a bench seat in the cab of my truck, and woke up in the morning in the
middle of a field all by myself. I'm now 44. I'd chuckle at such, but I've had a few NDE's since then, and realize how precious life really
Life is Very Precious. Cherish it. No matter how bad your own life is, there's someone in worse shape.
When researching this thread, I thought originally the statistics would tend towards younger folk, such as I was, traumatized by love, but such is not
Here are some BASIC FACTS:
Over 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
In 2010 (latest available data), there were 38,364 reported suicide deaths.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years in the United States. Currently, suicide is the 10th
leading cause of death in the United States.
A person dies by suicide about every 14 minutes in the United States.
Every day, approximately 105 Americans take their own life.
Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. There are four male suicides for
every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide.
There are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides for every suicide death.
The trend has been increasing:
But startling enough, in the US, the peak age for suicide is 45-64.
(Sorry, but current data isn't available. 2010 is the latest data summary.)
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Internationally, sucide is on the
In the last 45 years, suicide rates have increased by 60 percent in some countries.
In the year 2000, approximately one million people died of suicide.
This represents a global mortality rate of 16 per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds.
Suicide rates among young people have been increasing and they are currently the group at highest risk in one third of all countries (developed and
In the US, the prime age range for suicide is 45-64, while worldwide, my originally supposed dispensation towards youthfulness does appear to be
Since ATS has a worldwide membership, it will be insightful to read what you have to say, as readers of this thread. Have you thought about it? Why?
Since you are posting, tell us how you overcame your depression.
If a loved one, share. Get it off your chest. While I never had a loved one take their own life, I have had friends whose children have. My own
brother almost committed suicide, while a teen, and I prevented it, but he was/and has been depressed his whole life. I am close to the horror, and
would like to know if their is anything we can do to prevent suicide. Are there signs? Does intervention help? What causes such severe depression?
Are there any answers?