Suicide: Rethinking our Interventions

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance–it is the illusion of knowledge.

–Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004)

When it seems that all that can be done is being done for individuals in distress and yet the unthinkable not only happens, but happens with increasing frequency, it is time look at and honestly consider common threads.

Although details in individual situations may be as varied as fingerprints, there are at least two common threads in the majority of suicides: depression and medication.

I do not believe in universal solutions, so I’m not telling anyone else what to do.  I am asking that we acknowledge the possibility that we may be less medically enlightened than we think we are.

Package inserts on several popular anti-depressant medications indicate suicidal tendencies as a possible side effect. Paxil is one example. (Also see Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Cymbalta and others. Read the information closely.)

Why is it that our solutions seem to be exacerbating existing problems and creating entirely new ones?

Shouldn’t we explore all possible remedies, before we use chemical interventions that carry a host of known risks?

There are other options for treatment that may ultimately be more effective and certainly carry far less risk than anti-depressant medications. Some connections to depression currently being explored are: nutrition, sleep, exercise, scholastic pressure and light.

Let’s do our own research, applying more study, more thought, more honesty, more prayer, and not settle for inferior solutions to serious problems, just because they are the status quo.

Additional reading: Nutrition; sleep; exercise; scholastic pressure; light.
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About Kristen Chevrier

Kristen Chevrier is married to Brian Chevrier. They are the parents of five awesome children. Kristen began researching home schooling twenty-two years ago, when her first child was six months old, and fell in love with the idea. Kristen received her MA in English from Brigham Young University. She has taught Freshman English at BYU and has taught Theater, History, English Literature and Composition for private schools and groups of home schooled teens. Most of all she enjoys being with her family. She is very comfortable with home schooling, but blogging is a new adventure.
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