0 View Comments Twin sisters - the first in Colorado to receive a pioneering surgery to treat their obsessive compulsive disorder - were found fatally shot Friday in a vehicle near Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said. Sara and Amanda Eldritch, 33, of Broomfield, appear to have died in a suicide pact, said sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Megan Richards. They had received deep brain stimulation at Littleton Adventist Hospital in the spring of 2015, the Cañon City Daily Record reported. In the procedure, typically used for patients with Parkinson's disease or essential tremor, electrodes are placed on areas of the brain, says an article in the hospital's spring 2016 magazine. Related: CHP: Deadly SUV cliff crash may have been intentional "The electrode wires are placed under the skin of the head, neck, and shoulder, connecting with a battery pack (called a neurostimulator), which is implanted in the chest during a second procedure about a week … [Read more...] about Twin sisters found dead from ‘suicide pact’ near Royal Gorge
Sunday, April 01, 2018 by: Tracey Watson Tags: Antidepressants, antipsychotics, badmedicine, Dangerous Medicine, homicide, mass shootings, medication, psychiatric drugs, psychiatry, suicide, violence (Natural News) In the aftermath of every mass shooting in the United States – and such shootings take place with shocking regularity – the discussion always seems to be about the weapon used by the shooter. All anybody seems interested in is getting guns out of the hands of the American public, with the assumption being that to remove these weapons would be to erase the risk. What hardly anyone in the mainstream media ever seems to question, though, is why these killers are inclined to want to murder a whole bunch of people in the first place. The theme seems to be: The shooter was “troubled,” but ban the guns and the problem will go away. This thinking is flawed on many levels, not least of all because guns are certainly not the only weapons people can lay … [Read more...] about We know antidepressants cause suicidal thoughts in young people; why is it such a stretch to believe they can also cause murderous tendencies?
Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink. “I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back,” Ohlman recalled. She doesn’t remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor. “But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?” She wanted to be dead, she said, glancing down, a wisp of straight brown hair slipping from behind an ear across her thin face. At that point, said Ohlman, she’d been addicted to opioids — controlled by the drugs — for more than three years. “And doing all these things you don’t want to do that are horrible — you know, selling my body, stealing from my mom, sleeping in my car,” Ohlman said. “How could I not be suicidal?” For this young woman, whose weight had dropped to about 90 pounds, … [Read more...] about How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?
Today’s map of the day details the suicide rates in the United States by county. The data below seems to suggest that there are, more or less, differences in suicide rates depending on which region of the US you live in. How does your state and county compare to the rest of the United States? Check out this map and more at the NCMI website: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/suicide-rates-by-county-in-us/ By National Community Mapping Institute Data Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Advertisements … [Read more...] about Suicide Rates by County in the US
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA By Makda Zewde, NPHR Editor Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  More than 40,000 Americans lose their lives to suicide every year, at a rate which has been increasing steadily since 1999.  Worldwide, this number is close to 800,000 — approximately one person every 40 seconds.  Last November, Facebook released a statement announcing that its pattern recognition software, which aims to detect users with potential suicidal intent, will become available to most of its users worldwide. The artificial intelligence product was initially tested only in the U.S., but after successful testing, the company announced plans to make it available in other countries, with the exception of the EU, which has unique data privacy restrictions.  With more than 2 billion monthly users , the social media platform can have a broad impact on suicide prevention. Its new technology aims to identify the intent of self-harm using data … [Read more...] about Facebook uses AI to help prevent suicide