Why do some people kill themselves?
Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on May 6, 2009
A very thorough report from The New Scientist casts light on this tragic syndrome and reports the latest research.Web Link
"Suicide has always been a conundrum for psychologists and other researchers interested in human behaviour.
Self-preservation is one of the strongest human instincts, so the drive to commit suicide must be even more powerful. But what causes it?------
Someone who develops anorexia is 50 to 60 times more likely to kill themselves than people in the general population.
No other group has a suicide rate anywhere near as high (Archives of General Psychiatry, vol 60, p 179).---
Some progress has been made by crunching large amounts of data on suicide, says Harvard University psychologist Matthew Nock, who studies suicide and self-harm.
Researchers have learned, for example, that suicide rates are rising and now account for 1.5 per cent of all deaths worldwide.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24, after vehicle accidents.
Women are more likely than men to attempt suicide, while men are much more likely to succeed."Web Link