is caused by unmet needs of a person. The majority of us have most of our needs met and have not suffered this kind of extreme pain. Additionally, researchers are learning more about the roles of human serotonin and suicide. Studies suggest that as serotonin creases, depression increases and the risk for suicide is heightened. Depression is a major risk factor as are schizophrenia and manic-depression. Hopelessness is often a characteristic of individuals planning suicide and, often, suicide attempts are a “cry for help”. Hence, suicide prevention hotlines have become prevalent in the US. There are actually, different types of suicides. Read on to learn more about the following types. Table 12-5 describes associated behaviors:1.Intentional death2.Subintentioned death3.Unintentioned deathWhat are risk factors? Cultural disruption, feelings of powerlessness and anger, easy access to violent methods like guns, pessimistic personalities, depression, stressful life events that seem overwhelming and low levels of serotonin and its neurotransmitter have been found to be correlated with suicide. ASB 353-Chapter 123
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Suicide among children and teens have increased at an alarming rate in the US perhaps due to more exposure to violence through the media, deficient family support and unstable living situations and just chronic stressors. The authors review the impact of culture related to suicide and discuss the following issues:Native Americans and suicideGay and lesbian suicideThe availability of lethal weapons to children and teensSocial environment influencing suicidal behaviorThe balance of pro-life and pro-death forcesThe relationship of stressful life events and suicideIncreasing suicide rates in the militaryRead about the unique issues children, teens and adults related to suicide. Were you surprised to learn that older adults are at the highest risk for suicide? Why do you think this is so? With the older adult population increasing from 35 million to 70 million in the next 25-30 years, the need forcounselors, social workers and psychologist for older adults is going to be very much in demand.
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