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Suicide often not preceded by warnings
- By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health
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This article reminds me once again of how dangerous depression can be. Without any warning, you can lose a friend or a family member and then you ask yourself: why? How come i didn’t see the problem was so big?! It’s so sad and painful…depression is treatable! Just don’t let it ruin your life or anyone else’s.
Very informatic post on suicide. And the points the pre-suicide behavior are noticable
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many times over. JS
For me, I think about suicide daily. if your serious be berry careful who you tell. I have decided it will be spontaneous and most likely via drug OD.
I lost my little brother to self inflicted gun shot on June 24th 2012. I have no idea what he felt. I know I have many times tried and failed. Some real tries too. I found him. I relive that monet, that image of him like that every day. I cant get it out no matter how hard I try. Not to mention a few days later, on my birthday my father ODed and passed. You really may feel alone but I dont think you can imagine what you would put your loved ones thru to find you dead, I hope you can seek help and save them from the feelings I feel!! I love you if noone else does…I MEAN THAT!
I have a history of suicide attempts since my teen years. Each time I’ve noticed the “warning” signs you mention – well, people really LIKE them. Giving away that painting someone has been admiring for years? Yay! They’ll pay for shipping!! Willing to hang out with someone all day and let them talk about themselves non stop? They’ll buy the next round! Returning borrowed property? Making amends for old harms? GREAT! So your life is going down in flames – eh! Pass the marshmallows!
All this reaffirms the lie that “the world will be better without me”.
In my case the people who got in the way of my plans were not folks I was very close to at all. But they had good intuition and the guts to get in my face. The signs are there more often than not, I suspect. You just have to step back to see them.
My boyfriend committed suicide some months back. He had a history of attempts but it is still shocking once it happens. Needless to say the ones left behind are broken beyond belief. There is no goodbye or preparation. Caryn, it makes me sad to think that you’re implying that people are too selfish to do anything to help someone who is suicidal. This reaffirms the blame and guilt survivors feel in the wake of their loss. I may not have been the best girlfriend in the world, but I sure as hell don’t need someone telling me I should blame myself for not recognizing the warning signs. We are all human. We make mistakes, or in this case, miss the warning signs. I refuse to blame myself or anyone else for that matter for his death.
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