Steep Rise in Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Steep Rise in Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 8:29am

According to Health Day News, there has been a steep rise in suicides among midddle-aged Americans. "The number of middle-aged Americans who have committed suicide has risen sharply in the past decade, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Experts aren't sure why the jump in deaths has occurred, but point to the recession as a possible contributing factor." read more

Why do you think this has happened?


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Registered: 01-16-2013
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 8:37am

This is a result of lack of hope and support. People don't go to church anymore, the central family unit doesn't exist for most people, they have no friends in real life and they are trying to deal with massive debt, doomsday news blasting 24/7, and complete job uncertaintyall by themselves. It is no suprise that people aren't able to cope.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-10-2007
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 10:41pm

I would like to give my thought as to why there has been, "a steep rise".  THIS IS MY OPINION!

Maybe I should not post this, but it has been put out there, so here is what I think.  Have you ever felt that something just is not the same in how you "feel" and perhaps lately something just feels different and you notice you are more sad or maybe experiencing depression?  If so, have you tried to call a doctor (psychiatrist) office to try to get in and see a professional to get some emotional help?  Have you been told that either that psychiatrist is not seeing new patients or that the next available appointment is next month, or maybe even 2 months from now?

All I can say is that I have been in that situation and it is unbelieveable that if you break your arm, you can be seen by a doctor and you can be helped medically the same day.  That is for a physical problem.  But, why is it different then if a individual needs medical help immediately for a emotional problem?

I think I made my point.