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Speaking of Suicide … Within Limits

Speaking of Suicide … Within Limits

Written by on August 17, 2017 in All Posts, Misc with 6 Comments

I don’t want to encourage people to kill themselves. I also don’t want to give advice on ways to die by suicide, or to advertise the supposed virtues of suicide. Can you blame me? Some people do blame me. Hundreds of people have submitted to this website comments that could be construed as pro-suicide. And […]

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Beyond Magic: How Do We Detect Suicidal Thoughts?

Beyond Magic: How Do We Detect Suicidal Thoughts?

No objective test exists for suicidal thoughts – no X-ray to detect broken hope, no CAT scan to reveal intolerable emotional pain, no blood test to expose toxic intentions. This reality is disappointing, even devastating. People understandably want professionals to predict and prevent suicide. For example, in the aftermath of the pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally […]

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Transgender People and Suicide: The Tragedy, and the Hope

Transgender People and Suicide: The Tragedy, and the Hope

Written by on January 2, 2015 in All Posts, LGBT topics, Misc with 11 Comments

  Transgender youth and adults have far higher rates of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts than the average person. Consider these research findings: The suicide rate among transgender adults in an international study was almost 800 per 100,000. In comparison, the suicide rate in the U.S. for all people is 13 per 100,000. (That study is […]

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The Military, Veterans, and Suicide

The Military, Veterans, and Suicide

On today, Memorial Day, I sadly note the dramatic increase in suicides among troops and veterans over the last decade or so. In a recent article, the New York Times reported devastating statistics: In 2002, the suicide rate among soldiers was roughly 10 per 100,000. Now the rate is 80% higher, at 18 per 100,000. […]

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Do Antidepressants Cause Suicide?

Do Antidepressants Cause Suicide?

Antidepressants and suicide are an odd combination. On the one hand, antidepressants reduce depression, which is a major cause of suicide. But – and this is an important “but” – there is also consistent evidence that, in a very small proportion of adolescents and young adults, antidepressants can trigger suicidal thoughts and suicide itself. Before I […]

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Written by on May 23, 2013 in All Posts, Misc, Treatments with 0 Comments

You are driving on the freeway, going 70 miles an hour, and someone cuts you off abruptly. You stomp on the brakes to avoid having a deadly accident. There is a wide range of reactions you could have: You might think, “That jerk, he almost killed me!” You feel very angry. You might think, “Thank […]

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Language about Suicide (Part 2): Who are Suicide Survivors?

Language about Suicide (Part 2): Who are Suicide Survivors?

UPDATE May 27, 2014: I have updated this post, to say that I no longer agree with the definitions below. Please see the post, “Wait, Who Is a Suicide Survivor Again?” I am leaving this post up because I’m told by bloggers far more experienced than I that you should never remove a post, only […]

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Language about Suicide (Part 1): The Power of Words

Language about Suicide (Part 1): The Power of Words

Written by on April 13, 2013 in All Posts, Misc, Terminology with 18 Comments

Most people in the suicide prevention community are passionate about using language that does not stigmatize those who die by or attempt suicide, or their loved ones. Unfortunately, this language is different from the terms that ordinary folks commonly use. “Committed Suicide” vs. “Died by Suicide” It is not at all uncommon to hear someone […]

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Speaking of Suicide – A New Blog

Speaking of Suicide – A New Blog

Written by on April 11, 2013 in All Posts, Misc

Hello, my name is Stacey Freedenthal, and I am excited to start this blog on suicide. I am passionate both about preventing suicide- what one author calls “unnecessary deaths” – and about understanding the intense psychological pain and despair that can drive a person to end their life. I have a lot to say about […]

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