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Why Are More than One in Ten Americans at Risk for Suicide?

Why Are More than One in Ten Americans at Risk for Suicide?

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  • In the past year, 8.7 million Americans contemplated suicide, about 2.5 million made plans to carry out the suicide, and 1.1 million attempted suicide
  • Intentional self-harm, or suicide, is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States
  • The primary risk factor for suicide is the existence of another mental condition, such as depression, often in combination with substance abuse. It’s estimated that more than 90 percent of those who end up taking their own lives fit in to this category
  • While depression can lead to suicide if left untreated, antidepressant drugs are often ineffective and may increase suicidal behaviors, especially among children
  • Interpersonal conflicts are often a core problem behind suicidal behaviors and depression, and may be resolved using a combination of lifestyle factors

By Dr. Mercola

Thoughts of suicide are disturbingly common among Americans, which is detailed in the report, the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), newly released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


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