Is Suicide An Addiction?

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I hate it when someone says that suicide is selfish.  That may be true in some instances.  But, I don’t think it is for the most part.  Yes, it hurts those left behind.  I won’t even try to argue that point.

But, I think there are more common reasons for suicide.

  1.  Just plain wrong brain chemistry.  This can include not being medicated when you should be, not being medicated properly or a change in medication.
  2. Wanting a release from physical or mental pain.
  3. Being tired of fighting . . . to their very soul.

There are probably more.  But those are the ones that I feel that I understand the best.

I also hate when someone questions how another person can feel that something is that bad.  That’s not the only factor that suicidal people have influencing what happens to them.  If you haven’t been there, you can’t (for sure) know what matters most at that moment.

But, those aren’t really the points I’m trying to make.

My thoughts have recently turned to wondering how many failed suicide attempts (I hate that term but I can’t come up with a better one) result in any type (failed or otherwise) suicide attempts later.

So . . . off to Google I went.  Let’s face it, Google can answer your most shallow and your deepest questions.

Here’s the general consensus I came up with:

Hard numbers are hard to come by.  Not everyone seeks professional health care after a failed attempt.

However, for the information available, it’s known that people are most at risk for another attempt from three months to one year after the first one.  Many of these prove to be fatal.

One study suggests that, among people who had an attempt, one in 25 actually committed suicide within five years.

It makes me think that, maybe in some weird way, suicide might be addictive.  And, I’m not just talking about the attempts that people admit they did for attention.

This is an epidemic we have got to get a handle on.  I’m just not sure how we can do it.  Especially when mental illness comes with such a stigma that we often keep it secret.

Just food for thought today . . . may the siren of suicide not call to you . . . or if it does, may you be able to fight the urge to follow it.

Peace, Love & More Love

Hoosier Barn Chick

 

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2 thoughts on “Is Suicide An Addiction?”

  1. I actually appreciated this blog very much and I’m glad somebody had the nerve to say the things you said. No, this is not “triggering” me, so to speak. Your assumptions are downright true. Yes, I suffer from bipolar disorder. Yes, when I am downright depressed, down on my knees wailing to have this pain taken away I fantasize about it, or rather daydream about how people would live their life if something was to happen to me. My answer always comes to, yeah, they’ll grieve for awhile, but they WILL move on. They knew I was suffering a mental mad house.
    My dad passed away in his sleep while taking a nap one day. Of course I grieved, but I also rejoiced for him. He was suffering in his mind. And now he’s free from the mental anguish he was dealing with every day.
    I hope what I wrote does not offend anyone. That is not my intentions. I just completely understand the wish of death in my darkest days. It’s painful, right through the bone. It’s like suffering a lifelong disease. It’s painful and It’s agony.
    On my good days I don’t see this as even being a small thought. But I know in my darkest days I’ve called and sought help for myself, because as much as I felt like I wanted to die a part of me wanted to live. And if they could dope me up for a couple of days to make it possible, then I’ve got s chance.
    Ugh, I’m getting on my box. Sorry dear. Just meant to say this was a very good read for me.

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