According to the World Health Organization,
roughly 800,000 people commit suicide every year
along with many more suicide-attempts.
Suicide is the highest leading cause of death for people 15 to 29 years old,
second highest among ages 15 to 34
and third highest among ages 10 to 14.
There are many factors that increase the likelihood of suicide.
Here are the three most common factors.
No.1 Major Depression.
Major depression affects people both physically and psychologically.
It can cause painful body aches
and impairs the victim’s ability to see cognitive solutions.
This distortion of cognition causes people
who commit suicide to believe
the world would be a better place without them.
No. 2. Loss of Control
Impulsive tendencies leads to a lack of control
resulting in maladaptive behaviors such as substance abuse.
Impulsivity breeds fear and anxiety
which causes people to believe suicide is the only action
they can take to put an end to maladaptive thoughts or behaviors.
No.3. Overwhelming Regrets
Most cultures believe that making a mistake is a sign of failure.
Also, some people internalize their mistakes to
the point of believing they’re beyond forgiveness.
This may cause them to believe the only reprimand
that would bring justice to the act
they committed is suicide.
Many argue that suicide is a senseless act.
But one’s cognition has the ability to
make sense of the most senseless things,
especially if they have major depression or impulsivity.
Prior to the act of suicide there is a process of negative thoughts
that manifest in physical and mental pain.
The act of suicide is seen as cathartic for people who suffer from guilt.
Understanding that suicide makes sense to the suicidal person is
an important step to getting them the help they need.
One Major sign of Suicide is withdrawal.
Withdrawal can be linked to one feeling shame for thinking about suicide
or believing their feelings aren’t being heard or acknowledged.
Reacting to the signs of suicide without stigma or shame
could be the key to establishing a dialogue with a suicidal person
and getting them the proper treatment.