MSL101_L10_Suicide_Facts_2 - Facts about Suicide Worldwide...

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Facts about Suicide Worldwide there are more deaths due to suicide than to accidents, homicides and war combined. About 30,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. Every day, approximately 80 Americans take their own life, and 1,500 more attempt to do so. A person dies by suicide about every 18 minutes in the U.S. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute. In the U.S. in 2001, the suicide rate among women was 4.1 per 100,000, while for men it was 17.6 per 100,000. There are more than four male suicides for every female suicide, but twice as many females as males attempt suicide. Firearms are the most frequent method of suicide among adults in the United States. Over ninety percent of people who die by suicide had at least one psychiatric illness at the time of death. The most common diagnoses are depression and drug and/or alcohol abuse. Alcoholism is a factor in about 30 percent of all suicide deaths. Early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses appears to be the best way to prevent suicide. Certain personality disorders, such as borderline and antisocial personality disorders, appear to carry high risk for suicide. Impulsivity also appears to be a risk factor for suicide. Between 20 and 50 percent of people who kill themselves had previously
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course MIL SCI 10-1 taught by Professor Karensafoxx during the Fall '11 term at UCLA.

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MSL101_L10_Suicide_Facts_2 - Facts about Suicide Worldwide...

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