"Rise in Suicides of Middle-Aged Is Continuing - NYTimes.com: "Rise in Suicides of Middle-Aged Is Continuing
By PATRICIA COHEN
Published: June 4, 2010
For the second year in a row, middle-aged adults have registered the highest suicide rate in the country, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "
I saw this article recently in a Psychology Today Blog called the "New Mid-Life Crisis" and found it alarming.
I don't think I am being over dramatic when I say there are very high stakes at play in the crisis of mid-life. We don't ever really know why someone takes their own life, even if they leave a note. To say they are depressed is not really saying much at all. There are some real hazards of not finding a way to successfully navigate the crisis of midlife. And suicide may well be one. There are others less dramatic, but no less far reaching or painful for everyone involved. Living requires some hope and positive expectation for the future. If, as we get on in years, we imagine and project the life we are currently living out into our future - and it does not feel good...that is a crisis. If it feels so bad we can not imagine even going on, or we feel trapped in a life from which can neither stand or escape, it it is time to seek help. The crisis of midlife does have tremendous potential for helping us find our own path, but to get there - we do need to survive.