Archive for the 'Suicide' Category

Nov 05 2009

Colleen Conaway: Committed Suicide While Attending a James Ray Seminar in San Diego

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Sep 02 2009

Dogs, painful electric shocks, and explanatory style: What does the research tell us about feeling discouraged and helpless? (Part 1)

It’s pretty simple. The research shows us that when people feel discouraged and helpless, they are more likely to become depressed. There are several landmark studies conducted by Martin Seligman and Steven Maier describing the phenomenon of learned helplessness using dogs and the effect of exposing the dogs to unpleasant electrical shocks while in a harness.

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May 15 2008

Suicide, ethics, and end of life care dilemmas for families

Please note: This is a fictionalized case-study. I have created this case scenario to stimulate thought and discussion about the complicated clinical and ethical dilemmas related to end of life care for patients and their families.

I will be very happy if this case is used for study purposes in an ethics or clinical therapy class.
Susan came to see me about a year after her brother Bob’s complicated death related to cancer. She had been referred by a friend who knew that I worked with many adults with life threatening illnesses and their families.

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Sep 03 2007

Survivors of Suicide: family, friends, and significant others

The Center for Disease Control (CDC)┬ and the American Suicidology Association estimate that for every completed suicide there are 6 survivors. Therefore, in the last 25 years there have been approximately 25 million survivors of suicide.

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Sep 03 2007

Suicide Risk Factors

Depression is the leading cause of suicide among all groups. Identifying and understanding the symptoms and treatment for depression is a primary goal of preventing suicide in the world.

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Sep 02 2007

What should you do if you know someone is thinking of suicide?

Listening from our heart┬ is┬ so┬ important.┬ It doesn’t necessarily matter what the concerns of our friends and loved ones might be. For us to listen, can be so helpful and mean so much.

When┬ someone we care about┬ has thoughts of┬ suicide, it is┬ most important to┬ tell the difference between someone who is feeling blue…”wow, i am so unhappy!” and someone who may be thinking, “I am nobody here. No one cares about me and life is so horrible, I┬ want to be dead.” ┬

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Sep 02 2007

What happens every 16 minutes in the United States?

Suicide. Yes, as shocking as this seems, every 16 minutes someone commits suicide in the United States.

In 2004, 32,000 individuals from all ages and all walks of life took their own lives. This represents 89 suicides per day or 1 person every 16 minutes who dies at their own hand.

Men are 4 times more likely than women to die from suicide. However, women are 3 times more likely to report attempting suicide. Also, suicide rates are higher among young people and those over age 65 than other groups.

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