Suicide; Behaviors and Treatment

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Suicide; Behaviors and Treatment What is suicide? According to Dictionary.com, Suicide is “the intentional taking of one’s own life” (Dictionary.com, 2009). Suicide takes the lives of almost 30,000 Americans a year and is the 11th leading cause of death in American, homicide being the 15th (Save.org, 2009). Suicide can be caused by many different abnormal behaviors and can effect not only the victim but also family and friends of the victim. Suicidal thoughts and feelings should be taken seriously because they’re true feelings one is having. I hope to educate the reader on abnormal disorders that can cause suicide, the symptoms and behaviors of a suicidal person, and educate the reader on ways to prevent a person from taking…show more content…
Regardless of the abnormal behavior a potential suicide victim has, they have true feelings on suicide and they should be taken seriously. Its common to hear a friend or a family member say something like “no one likes me,” or “I’m not good at anything.” The way people respond to this is by trying to redirect their feelings by responding like this, “you have a lot of friends” or “every one is good at something.” When a depressed person makes the comment “The world would be better off if I was dead,” most people try to redirect those feelings in the same way with a response like, “that’s not true.” According to Annette Beautrais from the University of Otago New Zealand, that type of response does not help the individual escape the thoughts of suicide. When an individual makes a comment about a suicidal thought, they’re usually reaching for help. Redirecting them by not agreeing with their thought only hides the fact that they want to commit suicide for a short while, chances are the potential suicide victim wont look for help from you any more (Beautrais, 2009). Instead talk about why they think the world would be a better place with out them. An example response could be, “this must really be hard for you, why don’t you tell me why you think the world would be better off.” A suicidal person
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