What’s Inside A Suicidal Mind?

by Howard K. Smith on September 17, 2011

Suicide Prevention doesn't always work out.

Most teens committing suicide leave a suicide note.

It may come as a shock to many but suicide is the third leading cause of death in US for youths between 15 to 24 years. More than 30 thousand Americans commit suicide every year. Almost the same number of the Japanese ends up taking their own lives each year and the figure doubles for the Russians. WHO has stated that more people meet suicidal ends than those murdered or killed in wars and suicide is ranked as the twelfth leading cause of death worldwide. On top of that, only a small portion of attempted suicide attempts is successful and a significant number of suicide cases aren’t even reported. So, what do these figures tell you? Probably that the world is full of losers! But on second thoughts, you can perhaps relate to such suicidal thoughts from some of the darkest moments of your own life. Well, it’s fortunate that you didn’t actually succumb to them because if you had, you would have missed this big revelation on the origin of this fatal association.

So, what’s inside a suicidal mind? Besides the utter sense of helplessness evoked by some tragic crossroads of life, suicidal patterns are generally associated with psychological health- depression perhaps being the most identifiable and prominent cause. The progression of depressing thoughts into an unassailable decision to end it all is like taking a slow poison. Starting with detachment from worldly pursuits, victims tend to find the thoughts of death comforting or see death as the ultimate solution to the troubling thoughts. Here lies the key differentiation of suicidal pursuits. Victims taking death as the only way out are in fact making a conscious decision as they are constantly question their own decision until of course it’s just too much to take. On the other hand, suicidal thoughts often come unannounced and spread like a disease throughout one’s mind. Such victims find themselves unconsciously drawn towards thoughts of death, so the ultimate decision is not entirely conscious.

What if suicidal thoughts have a purpose to serve in the bigger picture? Researchers now believe that suicide may actually have a survival value. This is indeed a paradoxical concept. How can a reason that kills be a savior? The answer lies in the biological theory of ‘Survival of the Fittest’ which is believed to be nature’s tool of ensuring the longevity of a species by cutting off the weak links of the system. This basically signifies that suicidal thoughts may in fact be nature’s way of triggering a self-destructive process in human. Something like the T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) destroying itself in ‘Terminator 2’ on realizing its risk to human civilization though of not much of fantasy than a harsh reality. Basically it’s a complicated thing to imagine and seems unlikely that nature can be so cunning. But we have seen nature in all its fury flooding cities and wiping off islands. These measures however harsh they may seem are nature’s ways of tending our civilization, trimming the weak links for a stronger system. Thus, it’s not that unlikely that ‘suicidal associations’ that represent weakening mental capability and basically unproductive for human species may in fact be nature’s way of telling you that you are unfit for the survival journey. So, next time when such thoughts crawl through your mind, you need to ask yourself if you do accept being the ‘weaker link’.

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