Posts Tagged ‘suicide’

April 4, 2014

The Military and Mental Health

The tragic shootings at Fort Hood put the media spotlight, once again, on mental health issues. The shooter may not have left sufficient clues around to his mental state but clearly this was a very disturbed person who took the lives of three others as well as himself and injured many more. There have been […]

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April 12, 2013

Suicide and Guns

The headline this week about Pastor Rick Warren’s 27 year old son committing suicide brings the tragedy of suicide as well as the connection between guns and suicide to our attention. The Warren family, like the grieving families of Newtown have tried to use their anguish to advocate for social change concerning guns as well […]

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February 5, 2013

Is Everyone Bipolar?

Bipolar has entered the common lexicon as in, “he’s so bipolar!” When people use the expression in a casual way they are usually referring to some one who is moody or temperamental, who gets upset easily. The part that they have right is that Bipolar Disorder, a serious mental health condition, is related to extremes […]

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January 18, 2013

Guns and Mental Health

There were 30,470 firearm related deaths in the United States in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Of those, about 19,000 were suicide and roughly 11,000 were homicides. Two thirds of all gun related deaths; a very significant majority, were suicide. In 2010 there were 38,364 suicides so guns account for […]

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September 15, 2012

Depression-The Silent Killer

Yes, depression kills.  People do commit suicide.  I am thinking instead about the many sufferers who live their lives so much less fully than they might because depression saps them of vitality, enthusiasm and pleasure.  Many more people experience debilitating depression than seek help because of continued lack of knowledge, understanding or appreciation of the […]

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August 21, 2012

Suicide on My Mind

I deal with thoughts of suicide all the time.  Not my own-but those of the people I treat in my work as a psychologist.  I suspect a large percentage of the people who seek help for their mental health do so because of depression.  A substantial proportion of those with depression admit having thoughts that […]

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