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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Middle-Aged Americans Committing Suicide at Unprecedented Rate !

Newly released statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more Americans now commit suicide than die in traffic accidents.1, 2, 3
Between 1999 and 2010, the suicide rate among American adults ages 35-64 rose by more than 28 percent, to just under 18 deaths per 100,000.

The sharpest rise in suicides is seen among the middle-aged, suggesting there may be a link to the downturn in our economy, which to some degree has affected most Americans over the past decade. During the 1932 Great Depression, as many as 22 people per 100,000 committed suicide.

The suicide rate for men in their 50’s has risen by 50 percent, to nearly 30 suicides per 100,000.
The suicide rate for middle-aged women is just over eight deaths per 100,000. While not nearly as high as that for men, suicide rates still increased with age among women, with the largest increase seen among women between the ages of 60-64. In this age group, suicide rates rose by nearly 60 percent in the last decade.

Sadly, the knee-jerk conventional treatment for depression and suicidal tendencies is almost exclusively prescription antidepressants. Every year, more than 253 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled in the United States, making them the second most prescribed drug class in the United States (second only to cholesterol-lowering drugs).4

But how effective are antidepressants in alleviating the symptoms of depression?
Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that antidepressants are often no more effective than a placebo, and in some case less effective. A study published in the January 2010 issue of JAMA concluded there is little evidence that SSRIs (a popular group of antidepressants that includes Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft) have any benefit to people with mild to moderate depression.5 The researchers stated:

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Anonymous said...

Middle aged suicide may be connected to statin use, I have read that depression and bad behaviour are associated with low cholesterol. My mom has been taking statins for years and decided that I should spend Christmas morning a couple of years ago waiting for her at an airport that she was never going to arrive at. She asked me to pick her up Christmas morning, then decided to cancel her flight and purposely not tell me.

Lowcarb team member said...

Statins are the opium of the masses but far more dangerous.One day people will look back and be stunned that millions all over the world were conned into taking them.

Regards Eddie

Exceptionally Brash said...

despite the job issues, many are in chronic pain due to degenerative bone diseases and autoimmune disease for which there are not many suitable treatments.
It is hard to say if it is the statins or the initial heart disease that contributes to it, but I have seen so many middle-agers with heart disease who can get really discouraged and feeling down.

Lori Miller said...

Low-fat diets are linked to depression as well. From my humble blog:

Lowcarb team member said...

Sorry to say depression is part of life. We are not up all the time, but of course depression comes in degrees and it is how we deal with it. For those who have the benefit of good family and friends this does help. Antidepressants are not always the best answer. With any illness and in my opinion it has to be regarded as an illness, if you are down more than you are up i.e. if it is serious you must seek professional help as you would with any other illness.So many people feel that mental illness is a taboo subject and do not seek the help they need.This is a shame.

I wish everyone all the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Lori

Low fat diets have been implicated many adverse health effects depression is just another on the list.

People who consume a diet low in fats and especially low in cholesterol are at risk for depression and suicide.