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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/3/01 6:41 AM 
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WEDNESDAY, May 2 (HealthScout)

"If you've had suicidal thoughts, you're not alone. Approximately 4 percent of American adults -- 8.6 million people -- have considered killing themselves, according to a new survey. And more than 3 percent of adults have been plagued with thoughts of suicide for at least a two-week period. In addition, 17 percent of undiagnosed adults who believe they suffer from depression have suicidal thoughts, says Jeremy Kisch, senior director for clinical education for the National Mental Health Association (NHMA), which sponsored the survey. "More importantly, among those who have been diagnosed by a physician for having either depression or anxiety, the [suicide] rate is 27 percent," Kisch adds. Suicide is a critical public health problem, he adds."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010503/hl/thinking_about_suicide_is_painful_and_prevalent_1.html

 

 
From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon7/12/01 10:31 PM 
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Reuters Health

Thursday July 12 1:19 PM ET
"British Men Said to Be Increasingly Suicidal
By Ray Dunne

LONDON (Reuters Health) - More young men in the UK are committing suicide than ever before, according to official figures released Thursday.

A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of men taking their own lives has jumped dramatically in the past 30 years.

It found that suicide rates among men aged 15 to 25 have more than tripled since 1971, to 16 per 100,000 population. Meanwhile, suicides among those aged 25 to 44 have doubled to 26 per 100,000.

The report also reveals that suicide accounts for one quarter of all deaths among men aged 16 to 34."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010712/hl/uk_6.html

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From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon7/21/01 1:09 AM 
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Reutes Health

Thursday July 19 5:52 PM ET
"Older People's Suicides Linked to Month of Birth
By Pat Hagan

LONDON (Reuters Health) - People born in the summer may be more likely than others to end up taking their own lives when they become elderly, according to British researchers.

Their study of suicides among adults aged 55 and older reveals higher-than-average rates for people born in August and September. In addition, people who killed themselves by violent means were significantly more likely to have been born in the summer.

The findings, by researchers at Hollins Park Hospital in Warrington, add to existing evidence that season of birth may be an important factor in health during adulthood. Previous studies have indicated summer babies may be more prone to eating disorders, depression and dyslexia, while autumn and winter babies may be at relatively higher risk of schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

Lead study author Alec Pemberton, a specialist in psychiatry for the elderly, told Reuters Health there is no clear explanation for the link between suicides and season of birth."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010719/hl/suicide_3.html

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From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon7/23/01 3:52 PM 
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Reuters Health

Monday July 23 1:27 PM ET
"Therapy Helps Prevent Suicide Attempts: Study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the UK, one of the most common reasons for admission to the hospital is for treatment of deliberate self-poisoning. New research findings suggest that treating underlying interpersonal problems through psychotherapy may help to reduce the incidence of self-poisoning.

``In patients who poison themselves deliberately we have shown that suicidal ideation and self-reported self-harm were reduced after brief psychological intervention,'' according to lead study author Dr. Elspeth Guthrie, of the University of Manchester, UK, and colleagues.

Their study involved 119 adults who poisoned themselves and then went to the emergency department for treatment. Sixty percent of the group had a history of self-harm and nearly 56% had received psychiatric treatment in the past.

About half of the group received at-home therapy once a week for 4 weeks and the other half--the comparison group--received standard treatment, most commonly consisting of referral back to their physician."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010723/hl/suicide_4.html

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From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon7/25/01 2:37 AM 
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Reuters

Tuesday July 24 5:37 PM ET
"Clues to Future Suicide Contained in Poets' Words
By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The writings of poets of various nationalities who committed suicide contain words and language patterns that give clues about their eventual fate, researchers said on Tuesday.

Using a computer program that examines word usage in written texts, the researchers analyzed 156 poems written by nine poets who committed suicide and 135 poems written by nine poets who did not. They found that the suicidal poets gravitated toward words indicating their detachment from other people and preoccupation with themselves.

``The key finding is that we were able to distinguish features of people's mental health by the language they use,'' said James Pennebaker, a University of Texas psychology professor who conducted the research along with University of Pennsylvania graduate student Shannon Wiltsey Stirman.

``The words we use, especially what often appear to be the unimportant words, say a lot about who we are, what we're thinking and how we're approaching the world,'' he added.

The study appears in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

The researchers looked at the works of John Berryman (1914-1972), Hart Crane (1899-1932), Sergei Esenin (1895-1925), Adam L. Gordon (1833-1870), Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930), Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), Sarah Teasdale (1884-1933) and Anne Sexton (1928-1974), all of whom took their own lives."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010724/hl/suicide_5.html

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From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon8/9/01 8:27 PM 
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Reuters Health

Thursday August 9 5:38 PM ET
"Most Student Homicides Occur at Start of Semester
By Emma Hitt, PhD

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Perhaps because of stress, the number of student homicides is highest at the beginning of the spring and fall semesters and declines over the following months, according to an analysis of data reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The analysis also found that suicide rates appear to be much higher during the spring semester. Unlike the homicide rate, however, the suicide rate does not tend to vary within each semester.

The CDC and the US Education and Justice departments tracked school-associated homicides and suicides over a 7-year period beginning with the 1992-1993 school year. During that time, 209 deaths involving either the homicide or suicide of a student were reported.

The CDC's Dr. Mark Anderson told Reuters Health that he suspects that the start of the school semester represents a time of change and stress for students."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010809/hl/student_1.html


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From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon8/10/01 3:16 PM 
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HealthScout

Friday August 10 12:05 PM EDT
"Gay Teens More Prone to Suicide
By Randy Dotinga
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthScoutNews) -- In the most extensive study of its kind, researchers have confirmed that teens attracted to their own sex are more suicidal than other adolescents.

Fifteen percent of kids with gay or bisexual feelings have considered or attempted suicide, compared with 7 percent of other teens, the study finds.

Unlike previous research, the new study looked at a national sample of teens and measured the mental health of all types of teens, not just gays. Significantly, the study discounts previous research that non-heterosexual teens are extremely suicidal, at a rate much higher than 15 percent.

"Gay kids are at risk, but it is probably lower than past studies have argued," says study co-author Stephen Russell, a professor of human development at the University of California at Davis. "But anytime we have something this dramatic, we have to pay attention to what's going on in their lives."

Researchers looked at an ongoing study of 12,000 teens in grades 7 to 12 from all over the country. Russell says previous studies were limited to single states, "and the criticisms were that they have not been representative of the random kid on the streets of Hometown, USA."

The findings appear in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010810/hl/gay_teens_more_prone_to_suicide_1.html


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From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon8/27/01 3:12 PM 
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LA Times
August 27, 2001
DOCTOR FILES
"When the Mission Is Suicide
By DAVID REESE

The professor shocked me. We were sitting in my office chatting during a routine visit. After a thorough physical and laboratory examination, I had found no evidence that his colon cancer, removed a year earlier, had recurred. As I looked at his stout, muscular frame, piercing black eyes and halo of white hair, I wondered if I'd be so fit at 86. He was the picture of health.
And then the professor asked me for a lethal dose of barbiturates. If my tumor ever relapses, he said, I want to end my life on my terms, when and where I choose.
I sat for a moment, mind racing. The professor, a brilliant chemist once nominated for the Nobel Prize, was one of my favorite patients and a close friend. His cancer was clearly in remission, so he was not in any immediate danger. Was he overwhelmed by caring for his wife, who was slowly dying from Alzheimer's disease? Did he really want the sedatives for her? As always, the professor was one step ahead. He reassured me that he wasn't planning to kill his wife, and was not depressed. I just don't want to fade away like Hanna, he said. The drugs would be his insurance policy.
According to recent surveys, the professor was not alone in his desires. More than half of all Americans support a right to die, according to some polls. And many doctors agree. Ten percent of oncologists in the United States have actually participated in the suicide of a patient."

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-000069346aug27.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dhealth


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From: Debby (DEBBIE2476) DelphiPlus Member Icon9/4/01 2:02 PM 
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Tuesday September 04 12:13 PM EDT
"Suicide Nation: Almost 100 Deaths a Day in Japan
By Jan Chorlton ABCNEWS.com

It's become Japan's dirty little secret. On average, almost 100 people kill themselves every day — but most anti-depressants are illegal."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/abc/20010904/hl/japan010904_suicide_1.html


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Friday September 07 12:23 PM EDT
"Japan's Suicide Epidemic

(HealthScoutNews) -- Almost 32,000 Japanese people killed themselves last year, which is roughly the same number of suicides that occurred in the United States. But, Japan has less than half the population of America. So, why are so many Japanese choosing suicide?
The biggest reason may be untreated depression, says this ABC News article. In Japan, depression isn't seen as a medical disorder but as a weakness.
Adding to the problem is that many anti-depressant drugs haven't been approved for use in Japan. The popular drugs Prozac and Zoloft, for instance, simply aren't available to the Japanese, although the drug Paxil recently has been approved. Also, the Japanese health-care system doesn't allow direct access to clinical psychologists. Patients must first see their regular physician, who may lack training or be unwilling to diagnose depression.
"Mental health problems have not been considered as important as physical problems, so the status given to psychology professionals has accordingly been low," says Yoshitaka Otsuka, of Japan's Clinical Psychology Certification Board."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/hsn/20010907/hl/japan_s_suicide_epidemic_1.html


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