It appears that when faced with vision loss, depressed persons tend to generalize their disability to activities that are not necessarily vision dependent. They seem to adopt the attitude of not being able to see leads to not being able to do. This attitude is in line with the cognitive theory of depression in which depressed persons engage in faulty information processing (Casten, Rovner, & Edmonds, 2002). Suicide in Older Adults A study about older adult suicide was c... ... middle of paper ... ... adults, reasons for depression in older adults, reasons for suicide in older adults, and included studies on depression and suicide in older adults. A review of suicide notes from older adults was also conducted.
Suicide is intentional self-inflicted acts that end in death("Suicide," Compton's). After a series of traumatic events, normal coping abilities can be pushed over the edge; the result may be suicide. In each year, an average of 30,000 suicide deaths occur in the United States. It is estimated that 5,000 of those suicides are committed by teenagers(SAVE, 2). One major reason that the suicide rate among teenagers is so high, is that the teenage years are a period of commotion.
Society has identified depression and suicides among the elderly are a social problem, but little have been done to educate the public. The elderly are estimated to be about 12.5% of the population and according to the National Institute of Aging (NIA), the elderly accounted for about 15.7% of all suicides deaths. In 2007, the rate of suicide for the elderly was about 14.3 per 100,000. The numbers add up to one elderly committing suicide every 97 minutes. Among those that are 65 and older, there were about 14.9 per 100,000 reported... ... middle of paper ... ...ohol abuse play important role in triggering suicide attempts.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 10-24 (www.cdc.gov). Suicide affect all youth. About 4,600 lives has been lost in the United States each year because of Suicide (www.ced.gov). More young people survive Suicide attempts than actually dying. Some rick factors include family history of suicide, family history of depression, mental health problems and incarceration (www.cdc.gov).
By studying the social issue of suicide, one can identify the causes and help prevent more deaths. Due to the combination of multiple factors in an individual, the act of suicide can happen (The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine). Over 90 percent of suicides are the result of a mental illness at the time of their death (Caruso). Most common among those mental illnesses is depression (Caruso). Although, some individuals seem to have a happy life, some are genetically susceptible to depression (Caruso).
Therapeutic nihilism based on misinformed preconceptions of age and psychiatric treatment may be common. Too often depression is considered a natural reaction to the vicissitudesof later life ands is explained away as an inevitable and normal response. A study of antidepressants perscibing in primary care found that older patients... ... middle of paper ... ...ic illness. Spouses, family members, and friends may die. Retirement brings loss of income and loss of the workers role.
October 6, 1999. V282i13. P1215. Jackson, Rupert & Bob Baldwin. "Detecting Depression in Elderly Mentally Ill Patients: The Use of Geriatric Depression Scale Compared with Medical and Nursing Observations.
Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/213090955?accountid=32521 Sullivan, M. J., Tripp, D. A., & Catano, V. (1997). The contributions of attributional style, expectancies, depression and self-esteem in a cognition-based depression model. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 29(2), 101. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/220514335?accountid=32521 Thorne, D., & Journal, S. W. (1997, Oct 09). Depressed?
Suicide among our nation’s youth, a population very vulnerable to self-destructive emotions, has perhaps received the most discussion of late. Maybe this is because teenage suicide seems the most tragic—lives lost before they’ve even started. Yet, while all of this recent focus is good, it’s only the beginning. We cannot continue to lose so many lives unnecessarily. Some Basic Facts In 1996, more teenagers and young adults died of suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 and the third leading cause of death for teenagers 15-19. Recent evidence suggests it is the lack of substance abuse, guns, and relationship problems in younger children which accounts for the lower suicide rates in this group. The main way children kill themselves depends on what lethal means are available and their age. In countries where guns are readily available, such as the USA, that is the usual cause of suicide. Other causes are strangling and poisoning.