Facts and Myths of Suicide in Canada and the U.S. (Article Critique)

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Suicide is the intentional act of killing oneself. Typically individuals who commit suicide act out of despair. Common suicide triggers are mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and alcoholism and drug abuse. Personal issues such as financial problems or poor interpersonal relationships play a significant role in the cause of suicide (Gross, 2006).In the U.S suicide is the 6th cause of death. Suicide is also the leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults, more men commit suicide than women (Gelder et al, 2005).Leenar and Lester article mention important information about the general knowledge about suicide in college students. However relevant information is missing. Euthanasia or The right to die is medically assisted suicide, in which people suffering from terminally ill conditions, extreme pain or have poor quality of life because of injury or illness, choose to die with the help of a medical professional. This is a very controversial issue in which ethical and legal matters are argued by opponents and supporters of euthanasia. According to the New England Journal of medicine 53% of all completed suicide were gun suicide. In the U.S firearms are easy to find and this availability increase the risk of suicide in the U.S, because a high percentage of suicide are done in an act of impulsiveness, during a crises caused by an immediate stressor, such as a romantic breakup or the loss of a job. (Miller & Hemenway, 2008). There is evidence linking suicide with the domestic presence of a gun in the household. The risk is about 2 to 10 times larger than homes without guns, depending on the studied population and the way the firearms are stored. (Miller & Hemenway, 2... ... middle of paper ... ... reaction that sometimes suicidal people receive from health professionals, after communicating his/her feeling , such as the threat of institutionalization, increase dosages of medication and stigmatization, often causes that the suicidal individual keep his/her suicidal thought private. Works Cited Gelder et al. (2005). Psychiatry (p. 169). New York: Oxford. Gross, B. (2006). Forensic Examiner. World Health Organization. Hemenway, M. M. (2008). Guns and Suicide in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 989-991. Shaffer, D. (1988). The epidemiology of teen suicide: An examination of Risk Factors. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 36-41. PMID 3047106. Leenaars, A. A., & Lester, D. (1992). Facts and myths of suicide in Canada and the United States. Journal of Social Psychology, 132(6), 787. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

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