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Suicide: loss, shame, guilt and pain across millennia


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Money, T and Pridmore, S ORCID: 0000-0002-9170-1798 2017 , 'Suicide: loss, shame, guilt and pain across millennia' , American Journal of Medical Research, vol. 4, no. 1 , pp. 7-19 .

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Background: For the last 200 years Western medicine has insisted thatall suicide is triggered by mental disorder. Aim: To locate ancient reports of suicidein which the triggers (non-mental disorder) are clearly stated, and to discover whetherthese triggers still have that role today. Method: We selected cases in which thetriggers were compatible with those considered by Plato to constitute acceptablereasons for suicide: Loss of a lover, Loss of a child, Loss of choice of spouse (forcedmarriage), Loss of liberty (and revenge), Shame – own actions, Shame – actions ofothers, Shame – loss in battle, Guilt, and Physical pain. Ancient and current caseswere sought. Findings: In all categories we identified at least one ancient and tworecent cases. Conclusion: We demonstrated that millennia ago, and at the presenttime, various non-mental disorder events had and have the capacity to triggersuicide. If we are to prevent suicide, our culture must discourage this response andstrongly recommend other response options, to those who suffer such experiences.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Money, T and Pridmore, S
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Medical Research
Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers
ISSN: 2334-4814
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