Suicide and Other Issues
at least couldn’t care less about this particular suicide
In the United States it’s estimated that 2 percent of
deaths are suicides. Males that are 70 years of age or older are
more likely to commit suicide than their younger counterparts,
except the 15 - 24 year old cohort. Suicide is the tenth leading
cause of death in the United States. Worldwide it is estimated
that one million people commit suicide annually. This figure is
likely lower than the real number. Many suicides, such as
vehicular accidents, go unreported. A person may decide to slam
his or her car into a tree, another vehicle, or a stationary
Furthermore, many people who commit suicide choose not to
tell anyone about their act.
Chronic mental pain or discomfort of any sort can be caused
by a neurochemical imbalance; serotonin and nor-epinephrine.
A person who has made even one suicide attempt needs to
seek help immediately. A psychiatric history and mental health
examination are imperative.
A patient on psychiatric medication should be monitored for
side effects, in particular if it is the patient’s first time on
the particular medication. In some patients, anti-depressant
medications may actually increase suicidality. Psychiatric
medications can sometimes take several weeks to kick in. In
addition, the first prescribed medicine may not be the correct
Alcohol, illicit drugs, and tobacco will not solve a
suicidal person’s problems. On the contrary, alcohol and illicit
drugs tend to be addictive; the level of addiction depends on
the particular drug used, and the physical and mental state of
the user. Huffing, methamphetamine, crack, heroin, and LSD can
wreak havoc on a suicidal person’s life. These poisons can
induce very powerful addiction after only one use, or even cause
death after just one use!
Death can occur by the drug’s attack on the body, or in the
case of LSD wreak havoc on the person’s mental faculties; for
example a person on LSD may be so out of it that he or she walks
into heavy traffic oblivious to the dangers therein, or jump off
a balcony while in a state of euphoria.
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• Previous suicide attempts (even once, doesn’t matter how
long ago it was).