2 thoughts on “The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide

  1. This hits hard and home. It makes absolute sense. Suicide doesn’t occur just ‘one night or day’ it happens over time. It’s a slow killer, one day, and sometimes one minute and second at a time does it occur. It builds. That’s why the warning signs, to me now, are so sadly unfortunate and easy to see out of a… I don’t know, a crowd. When it does build, it’s truly striking how hard the attempt, successful or near-fatal can hit. We put so much effort into saving the body, but not the mind, and it’s the body that follows the mind.

    1. Agreed. This is also why (my theory on this, at least) some of the anti-depressants out there come with the black box warning. Anti-depressants / anti-anxiety meds diminish that fear but not the loneliness or feelings of burdensomeness, creating the perfect cocktail for suicide or homicide. I’ve been prescribed, but never actually took these medications long-term, so I really can’t say this from experience, Just a thought!

      If suicide seems like the only way out of an existence so painful it has become intolerable, is that really an exercise of free will? Or, rather, a dysfunction in decision making. Most people believe suicide is a choice, yet survivors of suicide attempts claim that their decision-making ability shifts in some way we don’t understand. As you said: it’s the body that follows the mind!!

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