Topic: suicide

‘Cat Lady’ Suicide Caused By Parasite, Not Loneliness, Says Science

'Cat Lady' Suicide Caused By Parasite, Not Loneliness, Says Science

A new study found that women who are infected with the parasite T. Gondii (which is transmitted in cat poop) have an increased risk of committing suicide. And while pregnant women have long been cautioned not to handle cat excrement because of the risk of toxoplasmosis, the mental health link is one that’s only sort of been floated by fringe scientists and is actually pretty scary. More »

Caring For A Baby Is Harder When Postpartum Depression Leads To Suicidal Thoughts

Caring For A Baby Is Harder When Postpartum Depression Leads To Suicidal Thoughts

Before Alyson became a mother, there were much of what she calls “unresolved issues” with regard to her health and well-being. Having been sexually abused as a child, she had a history of suicidal tendencies and depression that she had never properly addressed with a professional. But after giving birth to her first child, Alyson found herself wading through not only suicidal thoughts but also thoughts of harming her child, otherwise known as postpartum depression.

She tells me that her symptoms began the very night following the birth of her son as well as the next day in the hospital. Toxic mantras rushed on quickly as she was weighed with an instantaneous regret for giving birth. More »

Sandusky’s Legacy: Adults With Permanent Mental Health Disorders

Sandusky's Legacy: Adults With Permanent Mental Health Disorders

In the wake of child sex-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, two new cases were reported yesterday, bringing the total to eight victims–so far. The newest accusations come from those who are still under the age of 18 (all other victims are now adults), which means the former Penn State assistant coach now faces a whopping 40 criminal counts for sexual abuse over a 15-year period. If convicted, Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in jail, but what about the boys (some of them now men) that he abused? It’s likely they will face a jail of their own with a life of mental health problems. More »

CDC: 1 Million Adults Attempted Suicide Last Year

CDC: 1 Million Adults Attempted Suicide Last Year

Across the country, suicide prevention advocates are hard at work, studying what leads individuals to decide to take their own lives. But they’re usually only looking at those who have died. According to a report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, there may be even more telling numbers to examine–like the stunning frequency of  suicidal planning and attempts in the United States each year. More »

Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills To Air Russell And Taylor Armstrong’s Therapy Sessions

Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills To Air Russell And Taylor Armstrong's Therapy Sessions

The following is a post from our sister site Crushable

So, this is not good. Perhaps in an effort to show that the Armstrong marriage had problems pre-dating their appearance on reality TV, The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills has decided to air footage from Russell and Taylor Armstrong’s marriage counseling sessions. An anonymous tipster told RadarOnline as much:

“Bravo has done major editing of the show, to be sensitive to the fact that Russell killed himself. However the decision was made to air the footage of the therapy sessions,” a Bravo insider tells RadarOnline.com. “Viewers will see the two of them with their marriage counselor, Dr. Charles Sophy, as well as individual sessions with Taylor. Russell’s one-on-one sessions will not air. Taylor is completely supportive of the decision, and thinks it will help battered women to make the decision to leave an abusive relationship, just like she did,” the insider says.

What, they’re not going to air the one-on-one therapy sessions of a guy who ended up killing himself? How very magnanimous of them. But wouldn’t it be even more magnanimous if they didn’t air any of his therapy sessions at all? More »

Bride In Distress: Why You Must Be The Owner Of Your Own Happiness

Bride In Distress: Why You Must Be The Owner Of Your Own Happiness

Yesterday, a Chinese woman, whose fiancĂ© reportedly called off their upcoming wedding, tried to commit suicide by jumping out of a high rise building. She had dressed herself in her bridal gown and crawled out of a top floor window, only to be caught by rescuers who already had arrived on scene, and dragged back inside to safety. As the image above, and video below, can attest to, this is a harrowing, emotionally-traumatic scene to watch. But the first thing these dramatic photos brought to mind was the link between emotional and mental health and our romantic relationships. They’re so interconnected that it’s almost as if one cannot exist without the other. Many of us are happier when we are in love, and as in this poor woman’s case, sometimes we even believe there’s no point in living without it. But unless we’re aiming for a single-people genocide, to me this is proof that we can’t depend on others to make us happy. More »