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  •  What frustrates me about this article (4+ / 0-)

    is the focus specifically on boomers alone. The rise was in the 35-60 range, which covers boomers and Gen X. People across the age spectrum are in dire economic peril and turning that into a focus specifically about boomers making bad choices is idiotic and wrong. Not to mention the complete absence of any discussion of debt in regards to this rise in suicides. Debt and economic hardship are probably the most common cause of suicides other than people with painful terminal diseases.

    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

    by AoT on Fri May 03, 2013 at 03:30:05 PM PDT

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    •  I haven't seen the original article, but (2+ / 0-)
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      AoT, kurt

      given what I am hearing, it's probably fraught with unsubstantiated correlations. Disaggregating the roles of medical problems, mental illness, job loss, divorce, debt, and other stressors is difficult if not impossible. The ready availability of guns might also be worth investigating as a cause in increased suicides.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Fri May 03, 2013 at 03:35:40 PM PDT

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      •  Here's the article (6+ / 0-)

        http://www.nytimes.com/...

        It's actually pretty good about not jumping to conclusions.

        The reasons for suicide are often complex, and officials and researchers acknowledge that no one can explain with certainty what is behind the rise. But C.D.C. officials cited a number of possible explanations, including that as adolescents people in this generation also posted higher rates of suicide compared with other cohorts.
        Disaggregating the roles of medical problems, mental illness, job loss, divorce, debt, and other stressors is difficult if not impossible.
        Given the interplay between these things it seems like it is impossible. The link between mental illness and debt is increasingly being studied, and obviously those other things tie in with that. One of the frustrating things about talking about suicide is that a lot of people think it's a simple matter of someone being depressed. They have an image of an angsty teen cutting their wrists even though that's nothing like what suicides are mostly like.

        If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

        by AoT on Fri May 03, 2013 at 03:40:36 PM PDT

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