Anthony Bourdain, the famed chef and TV star, Kate Spade, the founder of her famous fashion brand.The one thing that was common among their recent sensational news and death was depression and later suicide.
Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., and the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24, according to the CDC. Additionally, US suicide rates increased more than 25% since 1999.
It is often common for people to dismiss suicides as something rather exotic but a closer study would make it evident that suicides are an integral part of society in general and more so with the various communities in the United States. Just about 37,000 people in the United States and over 1 million the world over commit suicide each year. This brings into focus the seriousness of the situation and makes it evidently clear that this is a topic that needs attention.
The primary health providers can be the best possible means of controlling peoples’ suicides. This is because in 75% of the suicides that occurred, the victims did come in contact with some form of health care the past one year prior to the attempt. And more importantly, a third did come across a mental health service just a month prior to the suicide. This brings up the factor the proper attention to the affected groups can bring appreciable difference to those taking their own lives in the country.
What causes most folks to contemplate suicide?
Over the years, studying suicide cases has contributed to understanding the mind set of those wanting to do harm to themselves. Although it is not easy to come up with generalizations, a fair bit of effort has been taken to understand the affected person and more importantly to understand the mindset.
Addiction to alcohol and drugs is common in people with concomitant depression and maniac disorders. Adequate treatment, counseling, rehab and when appropriate adequate detoxification needs to be considered
People that have spent time with those trying to kill themselves often describe differences to the contributing thoughts of such individuals. There is the first group who would stress the need to take their lives and then there is the second group that feels that they are better off dead. It must be stressed that each of the two thought process comes about in different circumstances and often with the most committed of individuals, there is bound to be some inkling to the final act some time before its occurrence.
Despite the huge strides that mental health care has taken, the human mind still remains an enigma at best. Thus conditions are best handled by the symptomatic approach than the physiological methods. In this method, it is important that the affected individual is brought into contact with the necessary health personnel.
Cultures too do play an important role in the management of suicidal persons. In a nuclear set up, the avenues of support that an affected person needs would well be lacking. In the long run it is the manifestation of the breakup of the close families and the inability of people to take the pressures that lead to the increased instances of people harming themselves.
It would be wrong to attribute the instances of people trying suicides to a single cause. Most instances do involve complex situations that are best related to by those affected. The best effort to managing the person thinking of committing suicide is to provide the necessary social support needed to keep the person thinking stably.
Where professional care providers are needed, they should be made use of. Far greater issue of the stigma attached to the suicidal person is the very act of losing a life.
Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D, is the CEO of Detox of South Florida, Inc and medical professional focused on addiction. A veteran in the medical field with over 25 years of professional experience. He is a consultant for many South Florida Rehab centers. Patients travel from allover the US to seek his help with addiction and Hepatitis C treatment.
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