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Old age suicides: Causes and prevention

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Self Improvement | Post Date: 2009-11-24

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Suicide or killing oneself is a common problem in all age groups of people. The highest incidences though are among young adults and then the old age group people. This is surprising because many consider old people to be those who are very mature and would have very less problems. They are also thought to be people who have faced so many troubles in their lives that they will be able to face any problems and overcome the problems.
Though this is true to an extent, there are various causes for these people resorting to suicide. This article gives a list of possible reasons for old age suicide and also lists a few methods that can help to prevent these suicides.

1. Depression:

The most common reason for old people committing suicides are the depression that is associated with old age. There are various causes of depression in the old age. One of the reasons could be the death of the souse and the other reason could be that the person has been very bored. Depression is the primary cause of suicide. There can also be some associated mental disorder in the person that may cause the person more suicidal in nature.

2. Diseases:

The presence of diseases is the next most common causes of suicides. The person may have some kind of chronic disease that can cause the person to have a very unhealthy life. This may induce the person to commit suicide to make sure that they do not have to suffer for a long time. Some of the diseases that make a person suicidal are cancer, nerve disorders and also various cardiac problems.

3. Pain:

Along with the disease, the person may also have severe pain due to various problems. The older a person gets, there are a lot more problems that affect the person and the pain tolerance level of the person may also decrease. This causes the person to commit suicide. There are various diseases where the pain can be very severe and this makes the people unable to bear the pain and they try to get rid of the pain by committing suicide.

4. Medications:

Sometimes the medication that the person is used to take can also make the individual suicidal. These people should be having adequate care to make sure that they do not become suicidal.

Prevention of old age suicides:

1. Anti depressants:

The people who have been found to be in a depression should be given adequate anti depressants and this is one of the main methods of preventing suicide in people who are old.

2. Pain relief:

The people who are suffering from pain should be given pain killers that will make them to get rid of the pain. This will make them happy and also improve their quality of life.

3. Counseling:

The people who are suicidal should be given adequate counseling and this is especially needed for people who are alone or suffering from boredom and also various diseases. Adequate counseling may help them to cope with their problems rather than resorting to suicide.
These are the various causes and prevention methods of suicides in old age.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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