Suicide Deaths Spike Among Middle-Aged Americans

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40 Comments on "Suicide Deaths Spike Among Middle-Aged Americans"

  1. alizardx | May 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm |

    Look into the record of Larry Summers – one of the “geniuses” who saved “us” from the financial meltdown. Not saying he’s the only one involved, not only is he a tool, but he’s just a typical example of the people who got us to this place.
    Summers has a track record with “austerity programs” – I used:

    Larry Summers suicide Lithuania

    as search terms and found this:

    Austerity kills the poor and the ex-middle class.

  2. BuzzCoastin | May 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm |

    the desperation of older Boomers is due to their willful ignorance
    most of them bought into the Amerikan Dream of consumerism
    even if they failed to live it fully
    I know, because I was one of them once

    there is a way out of the depression & malaise
    but most of them won’t be able to access it
    because of ill health, a stifled intellect and indolence in general

    • Anarchy Pony | May 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm |

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Agreed, but as a history hound I have to add something about the American Dream. I watched a film a few months ago on Netflix, name escapes me, about Hollywood and the Hollywood moguls from it’s early days. Besides pointing out that the all the early owners of the big studios were Jewish immigrants from Europe it also showed that they had taken great pains during WWII and it’s build up to distance themselves from that fact in the eyes of the American movie going public. They did this because there was a lot of anti-Semitism in those days, even in America.

      These guys wanted to be considered American, and in that endeavor they
      actually created the American Dream myth. Since then most of the public
      has adopted this myth as factual, and there have been so many years
      pass that it is part of the American lexicon. So what I get is that it
      was never true, but we became convinced it was through the repetition
      that Goering himself predicted to work so well.

      Obviously the Public Education System’s drying up, editing and dumbing down in the area of American history has denied most people the ability to remember that this was never true, or that the historical landscape is littered with demonstrations of this fact.

      So from my viewpoint I think it can be attributed to believing and counting on a myth that was never true, only to be let down in what “seems” an unpredictable set of circumstances.

      Even my Mom (91) still repeats the old mantra, If you get a job and work hard and watch your Ps and Q’s (Translation; save your money) you will get ahead. A couple months ago I finally pointed out to her that this has not been true since the days of the Andy Griffith Show. After thinking about it, she had to agree. Mom is still pretty sharp.

      • Reading this created an insight for me. The American dream is only one of the myths amongst many that can cause issues.

        • Ittabena | May 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm |

          True, but it looks like they hate us from the votes. How will I live on?

          • After I criticized WAC I have picked up 3 secret admirers. It’s touching, really.

          • Calypso_1 | May 7, 2013 at 1:28 am |

            It’s par for the course. It’s happened before. Tell’s you something about the change being offered.

          • I eventually called that pretentious prick a fascist pig, so that’s where I stand on the topic.

      • BuzzCoastin | May 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm |

        the problem with The American Dream
        is that it never was sustainable
        but the system carefully hid the options to the dream
        school teach how to work for the dream
        but not how to escape it or even manage it
        it merely teaches how to be a slave to it

  3. The devil made them do it?
    Hell, the question should really be why aren’t more old mofos offing themselves?
    No shortage of reasons . . . I will spare us all the usual litany of existential shite, it’s all too familiar.

    • There’s probably more mofos offing themselves.

      You’d be amazed how many people will rewrite death certificates so that the death looks more “accidental,” or “natural.”

      • Calypso_1 | May 7, 2013 at 2:16 am |

        You are absolutely correct. It is often done to spare the family the shame.

  4. Geoff Henry | May 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm |

    Returning vets.

  5. 35-64 is a wide swath of people,
    including fourteen years of Gen Xers
    (myself included), and I have to wonder
    whether there’s a difference
    between 34-48 and 49-64.

    If not, then it seems that malaise
    is becoming part of the societal fabric,
    as more and more see no hope for the future
    (something once seen only amongst the very old
    and teenagers under the thumb of peer pressure hate)

    And with peak prosperity making itself felt since 1973
    (and becoming government policy in 1981)

    and the crumbling of the social fabric the past forty-plus years
    we may see more and more suicides as the years pass.

  6. DeepCough | May 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm |

    Personally, I blame Obama.

  7. Fear – always with the fear. We gird our selves against every moment. Women cut their hair off and cannot abide intimacy. Men dress as slavers and captains, so as to avoid the presence of a single raised eyebrow. We fear each other and the world we’ve sprung from. It’s by fear that we tether our children to the hands of clocks. It’s no coincidence that all the psych majors end up at work behind the screens we watch. A generational experiment in manipulations is coming to fruition. Cynicism hasn’t worked. We tried, but we are not meant for isolation, even if by our own sense of self-preservation. I’m pretty certain that that’s the straight answer.

    • Calypso_1 | May 6, 2013 at 9:33 am |

      Nice, very interesting.

      Your description of cutting the hair & dressing as slavers and captains – is this drawn from a reference to something else? Could you expound on this allusion? It’s resonating in my mind, yet I’m not sure of the full significance as you intended it.

      • It was late and i had to pick a couple of the way-too-many examples of strange pseudo-conscious behaviors that people exhibit, mostly by modeling themselves after the perception of powerful white guys. I could have mentioned rappers buying plantation homes. The woman’s symbolic cutting of hair and wearing pant-suits is a particularly telling thing to me – they never look prepared for happiness.

    • Charlie Primero | May 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

      There is truth in what you say. I’m smack in the middle of this 35 – 65 demographic. Several of my friends and acquaintances have committed suicide after being disabled by accidents or cancer. I was angry at them, but have grown to empathize with, and understand their decision.
      Basic situation: They worked 40 hours per week for 30 years (with two weeks “off” per year to decompress) in order to secure a house to live in and nest egg for groceries and utilities in old age. Within months of their medical problem, all that is Hoovered up by the “medical system”. They are destitute and standing in line at the welfare office with people who never worked a day in their lives begging for subsistence from that State. House gone. Car gone. 401k gone. Thirty years of slaving, vaporized.
      They realize they’ve been lied to all their life. There is no justice. They live in a human farm run by the giant banking/medical corporations who just cleaned them out. They are done. At 55 with a bad heart or leg, there is no second chance. Game over.

      • Be born a Canadian, or Taiwanese where there’s medical insurance…come here and teach English…easiest gig in the world.

      • And with those who never worked a day in their life
        laughing at them.

        And while it may sound like I’m being a pisser
        or pushing racist jokes at people
        my job has had me serving people
        whose families haven’t worked at a legal job for generations
        and they’re worried over the fact that their promised gimmies
        are starting to disappear.
        I often find myself split
        between laughing as their world begins to fall apart
        and empathizing with their bewilderment
        over all the promises they were given becoming false.

        As for my piece of the American Dream
        this Flint native understood that his piece was gone
        before the election of Ronald Reagan,
        and while I know why my city lost its American Dream
        (The USA discovering that yes, cars can last forever
        and GM was the last company to teach them that)
        having watched it happen to most of the rest of the nation
        saddens me then, now, and in the future.

  8. The American dream was always only for the extremely rich, and people are only now starting to realize it’s mostly a nightmare. Also I feel that having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance as a youth and later having the veil not only lifted but viciously torn may have generated some cognitive dissonance.

    Add onto that future shock, modern sprawl, and the vast sharing of information. Then take away the creature comforts of a babied middle class. You’ve got one hell of a suicide solution. A flaming Molotov concoction spreading out on the interiors of cookie cutter homes within the hearts of the utterly fucked and weak minded.

  9. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | May 6, 2013 at 8:58 am |

    planned obsolescence

    • Calypso_1 | May 6, 2013 at 9:27 am |

      I’ll have to go back and look at some RAND documents, you might be right.

  10. Chaos_Dynamics | May 6, 2013 at 9:42 am |

    Variables are many with absolutes few.

    The human mind is an amazing instrument capable of the most beautiful compassion, understanding, love, and wisdom yet simultaneously capable of the most hateful, destructive, and abusive thoughts and applications as well.

    The mind seems to desire the integration with others in groups en masse yet seeks solitude, independent focus, and uniquely individual accomplishment.

    We will never know the personal torment others may feel at the depths of their despair, hopelessness, sorrow, loneliness, and pain.

    We can only support and help to understand and perhaps overcome or at least harness these powerful human attributes in creative manifestations that may provide a sense of self value, personal achievement, and joy.

    We might also examine individually if any outside consumption factors are involved such as psycho-pharmaceutical (SSRI) use, alcohol abuse, or any other massively saturating influences since ssri’s and alcohol abuse are recognized as creating a higher than average propensity for self destruction.

  11. Calypso_1 | May 6, 2013 at 9:51 am |

    From the perspective of the psych system in my own state (which has a very high suicide rate) it has largely been attributed to economic demise.

    I have also personally witnessed on so many occasion individuals who’s religious up bringing has completely failed them and as they have entered severe mental crisis first received support solely from within that perspective which largely denies any psychological/medical nature to their problems. As their crises worsened the support is withdrawn and they are rejected by that system. In addition, those who have been taught more apocalyptic viewpoints are primed to believe in a worldview that is either/or and ends in cataclysmic doom. That is a really difficult head trip to break.

  12. In states where weed is legal, the suicide rate for young men has decreased. Not a causative relationship, but the correlation is there.

  13. The American dream was not a myth. I mean it was a myth in the sense of being an inspiring narrative, but not in terms of being an outlandish fantasy with no basis in reality. I mean the Myth was that you can get a job and be conscientious and have a good life. This has been true. For example after WWII regular people could get jobs working for IBM or GE and have a middle class life, without a college degree. GE was at one time the largest private employer. Now, I think its Walmart.

    Most jobs are in the service industry. More and more, people get a college degree, get in debt with student loans and then have to work for 10 bucks an hour in retail or some fucking thing. Its seems to be a rigged game with no realistic way to get ahead. Sure you can find success, start your own business etc. But for large numbers of people the dream has died. Very few good jobs out there. You can’t simply go with the flow, do what is expected of you, you find “a good job” work hard stay loyal to the company, and have a good life. You have to create your own niche to have a modicum of success which is harder.

    Generationally, you have people in previous generations who saved and retired and led a good life. Its hard not to feel judged. But reality is for large numbers of people, realistically, the American dream has died. You can work your ass off and be viewed as a slacker, by previous generations. Many jobs simply don’t give raises. You can stay there for 20 years and never make a decent living and you can’t work two jobs forever.

    So its doesn’t surprise me at all that people are killing themselves. I think suicide is a valid option. I think its good to face suicide to determine what you really want in life. I think it can be an avenue to self actualization and discovering what you really want. But more and more convention and conformity leads to wanting to stick the barrel of a gun in your mouth whereas in the past it got you something. There was a pay off.

  14. It’s Obama’s fault.

  15. Must be chemtrails, clearly.

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