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September 26, 2014
The recent commentary regarding suicide ( "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide," Sept. 23) implies that Jean-Paul Sartre was influenced by Adolf Meyer's ideas ("Sartre saw in Meyer's depressive reaction what he called a "de-differentiation"). It reminds me of a door-to-door salesman who tells me my neighbor just signed up for his product without merit and flashes his clipboard with a list of signatures. Is this true and can I please see my neighbor's signature on your clipboard?
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October 5, 2014
Bradley Williams makes a good point about the problems with legalizing assisted suicide, one of them being that people assisting a suicide may have their own agenda ( "The perils of assisted suicide," Oct. 2). Mr. Williams gives as an example a recent Montana case in which a man is accused of encouraging a teenage girl to kill herself in order to prevent her from testifying against him in a rape trial. I am a doctor in Oregon, one of the few states in which physician-assisted suicide is legal.
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NEWS
February 21, 2013
Unleashing your sociological imagination is a must! In the days of social media, consumers are bombarded by media images and sound bites that become the "reality" of those who relish in having others think for them. The recent announcement by Johns Hopkins Medical System that a former employee was found dead the result of an apparent suicide made its way through the news feeds as top-of-the-hour headlines ("Doctor is found dead amid taping inquiry," Feb. 19). At face value, it appears that Dr. Nikita A. Levy, an obstetrician and gynecologist, took unauthorized photos and videos of his patients.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
Alexa Fraser's recent commentary promotes the idea of legalizing physician-assisted suicide ( "Political candidates should debate the right to die," Sept. 28). The term "physician-assisted suicide" means that a physician provides the means or information to enable a patient to perform a life-ending act, such as through a lethal prescription. The premise of Ms. Fraser's commentary is that legalization of physician-assisted suicide will eliminate other types of suicides, such as those resulting from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
NEWS
April 21, 2014
Del. Heather R. Mizeur's call for legalized suicide for the terminally ill ( "Mizeur backs physician-assisted suicide," April 16) demonstrates incredibly poor judgment. As a senior, I have seen healthy seniors badgered or misled by relatives or significant others into making very bad financial and other decisions. The terminally ill are particularly vulnerable to such manipulation. Greedy heirs or those who are inconvenienced by a sick person can exert tremendous overt and covert psychological pressures to coerce the sick into legal suicide.
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By René J. Muller | September 23, 2014
Suicide is an uncommon phenomenon. When you consider what people suffer because of medical illness, physical injury, the deprivations of old age, mental illness, personal failure and the betrayal by others, one wonders why more people don't choose to end their lives. Many are deterred from suicide by religious dictates, the social stigma associated with giving up in the face of hardship and the reluctance to abandon others by making this kind of exit. Even without these proscriptions, and under the most trying circumstances, life is often obstinately embraced until the very end. People just don't want to die. Many of us have thought about the possibility of taking our lives at some point, wondering what would happen if the steering wheel were turned just slightly to the left as an oncoming car approaches, or considering the consequences of jumping out of a window eight stories up. Most of us quickly reject the projected outcome of these actions.
NEWS
September 27, 2014
Commentator René Muller asserts that suicide is "an uncommon phenomenon" ( "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide," Sept. 23). Yet The most recent suicide data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011, lists suicide as the 10th leading cause of death for Americans - a reported 39,518 people took their own lives that year. I say reported because death by suicide is under-reported for a variety of reasons - social stigma, religious and insurance concerns, and the difficulty in determining cause of death.
NEWS
May 13, 2012
Thank you for publishing the courageous story of Regina Friend and her pride in the achievements of her son before he committed suicide last year ("Mother 'closing loop' for her son after his suicide," May 10). Ms Friend's story was a particular gift to me as this is the 11th anniversary of the death of my husband, Jerry, by suicide. Although Roswell Friend was much younger than Jerry, they shared many of the same characteristics - friend and inspiration to many, creative, focused on the future.
SPORTS
August 25, 2010
The death of former LPGA Tour player Erica Blasberg has been ruled a suicide by the Clark County Coroner's Office. The 25-year-old was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nev., on May 9. According to responding police, Blasberg was found with a plastic bag secured over her head. The coroner ruled the death a suicide due to asphyxia and toxic levels of prescription medication in her system. Thomas Hess , Blasberg's personal doctor, is being sought by police on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly removing items from the scene prior to officers arriving.
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Most people who kill themselves do so from a place of great pain, hopelessness, self-worthlessness and despair. But suicide is best explained not with reference to the concepts of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (as was done in the Sept. 24 commentary, "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide" . That's like trying to explain why people die from malaria by quoting Aristotle. Severe depression is an illness. Everybody should know that. States with the highest rates of people taking their own lives have many characteristics in common, including a shortage of facilities for the treatment of mental disorders; proportionately larger populations of groups most prone to suicide, including Caucasians, Native Americans and men; higher rates of alcohol abuse, unemployment, poverty, geographic and social isolation; widespread gun ownership; and the "cowboy mentality" in which self-reliant individualism is lauded and help-seeking is eschewed, and as a result, psychology, psychiatry and mental health practitioners often are looked upon with suspicion or distain.
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Most people who kill themselves do so from a place of great pain, hopelessness, self-worthlessness and despair. But suicide is best explained not with reference to the concepts of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (as was done in the Sept. 24 commentary, "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide" . That's like trying to explain why people die from malaria by quoting Aristotle. Severe depression is an illness. Everybody should know that. States with the highest rates of people taking their own lives have many characteristics in common, including a shortage of facilities for the treatment of mental disorders; proportionately larger populations of groups most prone to suicide, including Caucasians, Native Americans and men; higher rates of alcohol abuse, unemployment, poverty, geographic and social isolation; widespread gun ownership; and the "cowboy mentality" in which self-reliant individualism is lauded and help-seeking is eschewed, and as a result, psychology, psychiatry and mental health practitioners often are looked upon with suspicion or distain.
NEWS
September 27, 2014
Commentator René Muller asserts that suicide is "an uncommon phenomenon" ( "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide," Sept. 23). Yet The most recent suicide data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011, lists suicide as the 10th leading cause of death for Americans - a reported 39,518 people took their own lives that year. I say reported because death by suicide is under-reported for a variety of reasons - social stigma, religious and insurance concerns, and the difficulty in determining cause of death.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
The recent commentary regarding suicide ( "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide," Sept. 23) implies that Jean-Paul Sartre was influenced by Adolf Meyer's ideas ("Sartre saw in Meyer's depressive reaction what he called a "de-differentiation"). It reminds me of a door-to-door salesman who tells me my neighbor just signed up for his product without merit and flashes his clipboard with a list of signatures. Is this true and can I please see my neighbor's signature on your clipboard?
NEWS
By René J. Muller | September 23, 2014
Suicide is an uncommon phenomenon. When you consider what people suffer because of medical illness, physical injury, the deprivations of old age, mental illness, personal failure and the betrayal by others, one wonders why more people don't choose to end their lives. Many are deterred from suicide by religious dictates, the social stigma associated with giving up in the face of hardship and the reluctance to abandon others by making this kind of exit. Even without these proscriptions, and under the most trying circumstances, life is often obstinately embraced until the very end. People just don't want to die. Many of us have thought about the possibility of taking our lives at some point, wondering what would happen if the steering wheel were turned just slightly to the left as an oncoming car approaches, or considering the consequences of jumping out of a window eight stories up. Most of us quickly reject the projected outcome of these actions.
NEWS
Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
I n one scene, an empty chair sits in the middle of a student art class, a blank sheet of paper on the easel in front of it. In another, an empty seat is surrounded by students playing flutes and clarinets. Then in a roomful of chess matches, one student is seated at a gameboard but missing an opponent. The message at the end: Don't let there be another empty seat. The video, developed by the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and shown to Howard County high school students, is appropriately named “Empty Seats,” and it's part of a campaign called Don't Do Nothing, which educates students about the signs of suicidal thoughts and urges them to intervene if they suspect a friend is in trouble.
NEWS
By Sean Welsh and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
A man allegedly shot and killed another man who was dating his estranged wife before attempting to take his own life in Laurel Wednesday night, Anne Arundel County police said. The victim, Howard Richard Popp Jr., 39, from Owings Mills, was found in the roadway in the 3300 block of Sudlersville South around 10:40 p.m., police said. He was lifeless when police arrived and was later pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The suspect was also taken to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries and has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, among other charges, police said.
NEWS
August 10, 2012
A 46-year-old Howard County woman intentionally stepped into traffic on northbound I-95 Thursday night and was struck and killed by a van. The accident shut down a segment of the highway near the Aberdeen interchange for about three hours. Shortly before 9 p.m., officers from the Maryland State Police barrack responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on the road and found the van stopped on the shoulder. The driver, who sustained minor injuries in the collision, told police a woman had stepped into the path of the car. Police found letters indicating the woman intended to commit suicide in another car abandoned on the shoulder of the highway.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Del. Heather R. Mizeur promised to push for a law allowing physician-assisted suicide in Maryland if elected governor. "If terminally ill, mentally competent adults choose to end their life, they should be able to seek a life-ending dose of medicine from their physician," Mizeur said in a policy proposal released late Tuesday. Three states - Oregon, Washington, and Vermont - have similar policies, dubbed by advocates "Death with Dignity" laws. Mizeur, a Democrat from Montgomery County, outlined her call for legalization of doctor-assisted suicide along with ideas to help seniors as they retire, age, get sick and approach death.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | August 14, 2014
This is Robin Williams Week in America; we are mourning the death by suicide of an extravagantly talented man who made us laugh and think. Here are some thoughts, starting with the words of an old friend whose father killed himself: "Suicide inflicts far more pain than it relieves. " My friend said this 20-plus years ago during a long overnight drive through Virginia, after the conversation had shifted to the guy topics of middle age: depression, alcoholism, women and children, and a mutual concern that we were in the process of becoming our fathers.
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