Suicide: Permanent Solution For Possible Temporary Problem

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Health Editor’s Note: Suicide is a major public health concern with suicide being the leading cause of death in the U.S. Some portions of our population is seeing an increase in suicide rates. Suicide is simply death caused by self-directed behavior to self-injure with the intent to die. A suicide attempt is a self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with the intent to die as a result of this behavior. That being written, a suicide attempt might not result in an injury.  Suicide ideation is thinking, considering, or planning suicide. This article deals with actual, physical attempts to suicide by using firearms. 

We can all agree that suicide is a permanent solution to what may well be a temporary problem.  While the findings of this article, about various suicide attempts, may seem obvious, we can all agree that purposefully ending one’s life can/will be a personal choice that will take you away from your family and friends who will mourn your loss of life and absence in their lives.  Often when making this choice, to commit suicide, issues are clouded, confused, muddled, seemingly huge and insurmountable, etc. Occasionally suicidal thoughts can be brought on by certain medications that might be legitimately prescribed by a doctor. 

With the upcoming holiday, of Christmas, when we are expected to feel joyful, wonder, be busy planing, buying, gifting, holiday partying, decorating, baking, driving through dense traffic, etc. you might not feel joyful.  That is not abnormal because not everyone is living the same life. It is okay to not look forward to the holiday, and this may be because of varying reasons that affect you personally. Please, if you are having thoughts of ending your current life you can receive help that might change your decision and plan of action.  If you are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org …..Carol

9 out of 10 Suicide Attempts Using Firearms Are Lethal

by Elizabeth Hlavinka/Staff Writer/MedPage Today

Suicide attempts involving firearms were far more likely to be fatal than attempts using other methods, according to an analysis of hospitalization data.

Of more than 3.6 million suicidal acts recorded in several U.S. government databases from 2007 to 2014, only 4.8% involved firearms, reported Andrew Conner, BS, of Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues.

But of those, 89.6% were fatal, they wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“This study helps to highlight the fact that means matter,” Conner told MedPage Today. “I think this will encourage more clinicians to speak with patients about the risk of firearms in the home whether treating people acutely at risk for suicide [or] in a primary care setting.”

The lethality of a method can be affected by its accessibility, how easily it can be aborted mid-attempt, and its inherent deadliness, among other factors.

Conner and colleagues used 2007-2014 discharge records and mortality data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), the National Inpatient Sample (NIS), and the National Vital Statistics System. Patients were included multiple times in the analysis if they attempted suicide more than once.

Overall, 3,657,886 suicidal acts were identified, of which 309,377 (8.5%) were fatal for a rate of 13.3 suicides per 100,000 in the general U.S. population.

Drug poisoning was the most common method of attempted suicide (59.4%) and was fatal 13.5% of the time. Cutting also accounted for many attempts (21.4%) but was fatal in only 1.8% of cases — though Conner noted that cutting is not always meant to be fatal.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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  1. in Feb 2002 I had an at Work Accident that badly destroyed most of my joints .and then it seemed That Nobody at all gave a rat’s ass about my severe pains if I tried to move and Even Doctors openly ridiculed me and Everybody failed to see My disasterous life . With One Accident at Work I went From Highly Cherished hard Worker to a Persona Non Graa Everywhere ……. There was No End to the pain and No relief and nobody ever litsenning to me . I went from Superman to Handicapped in One Day. life turned very very miserable and poor suddenly. caught in a vice with seemingly No Way out or Any Help from Anyone , between 2002 and 2012 I attempted Suicide 6 times ……. Each time I somehow survived ……Finally the doctors got really really sick of reviving me and then a very very old Doctor talked to me …… I must tell You ALL that IF One commits suicide but later wakes up Youre in a very terrible mood and you don’t want to see or talk to Anybody …

    • …. often I would bad mouth ALL the crew that had worked tirelessly to revive me ……..it was tough ……. that was a disasterous state of mind till the old Doctor talked to me and then for the First time Anybody asked me Anything and Heard me …… that really really old Doctor was the first one in like 10 years that seemed to be genuine and He reasoned with me in detail AND He wanted a Trade with me , He said that we’re sick of reviving you so You tell me What do you want done but then WE must never Ever See You Again …… in exchange of proper medical attention

    • …… in exchange of proper medical attention I agreed and finally saw a little hope in living further …… it’s not perfect now but it’s very very hopeful IF Someone gives You a good litsenning coz usually nobody cares ……..

    • Echoes,

      I hope that all is going well for you. Everyone is on a different level in his or her life and are wrapped up in his or her own life and often cannot find room/time for others. To have a huge change in your usual way of life can be very devastating and feelings of hopelessness are not far behind. To loose the ability to perform the job you are successfully able to do and thus are able to take care of yourself without the help of others…Maintain your independence. Keep talking to whoever is helping you and people/friends/family/pets do care about you. Carol

  2. Actually suicide is a temporary solution leading to permanent problems. Consciousness persists after death, “eternalized” as it exits spacetime, so what you do in this world and how you leave it has permanent consequences.

  3. You could have mentioned that that christmas season is a peak for suicides. You only mentioned it oblquily. Ask any first responder what happens this time of year.

    • Nawlins, I did mention this upcoming holiday: “With the upcoming holiday, of Christmas, when we are expected to feel joyful, wonder, be busy planing, buying, gifting, holiday partying, decorating, baking, driving through dense traffic, etc. you might not feel joyful.”  

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