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1 Alternative Methods to Prevent Suicide on College Campuses With academic related suicide on the rise how is it that we have allowed most American colleges to continue their antiquated methods in treatment of students suffering from depression and or anxiety? I believe that the recent research found by Gregory Brown, Ph.D. and his other medical colleagues makes a strong case to show that conventional beliefs are not enough treatment and should be reconsidered on those college campuses with regards to depression and suicide. Still alone this is not enough. We, as a common student body throughout North America, need to be in tune with displays of potential destructive behavioral patterns among our fellow students. According to the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, “suicide is third only to auto accidents and homicide as the cause of death for people who die between the ages of 15 and 24.”
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Unformatted text preview: Recent findings have shown that cognitive intervention therapy is essential if we hope to help students already suffering from depression. Students receiving cognitive intervention therapy would find a more positive way of coping with their academic and life struggles through a combination of standard anti-depressants and multiple one-on-one therapy sessions as opposed to receiving just one or the other. A 2002 study shows those treated with the therapy were 50 percent less likely to attempt suicide 18 months later then patients undergoing alternative treatment. Understanding the importance of reducing suicide on American college campuses I hope that this research will be taken into consideration in the future. SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005;294:563-570 SOURCE: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2001; 245-515...
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