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Explaining Suicide by Betty Yung, Katherine A. Hermes, Taronish Irani, Cheryl L. Meyer

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Chapter 5

Grief and Failure

Abstract

The motivations discussed in this chapter represent a very small proportion of individuals in our sample. One group (60 people) committed suicide because of grief issues (31 people), while others felt like a failure in life (22 people). We examined specific patterns that can be seen within both the bereavement and failure categories, which can provide information about risk and protective factors.

Keywords

Bereavement; grief; failure; altruism; alienation

Joyce struggled with depression for most of her adult life and had been under the care of a psychiatrist for years. Now she was in her fifties and had developed a number of physical conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a heart arrhythmia. ...

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