Most Men who Kill themselves in the US have no history of Mental illness

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A new research by UCLA professor Mark Kaplan’s group, most men who kill themselves in the U.S. do not have any history of mental illness. Instead, they may have been exposed to solid stresses at the workplace, school, or home or may have had longstanding physical conditions.

Kaplan, a professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, said that what is remarkable about the study is that it is clear that there are no standard psychiatric markers of suicide among a large number of males of all ages who dies by suicide,

The study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that men with no documented mental health condition had no active psychiatric disorders at the time of their first suicide. These findings support suicide prevention strategies that address psychological, medical, and psychosocial needs.

They also noted that males prone to mental health issues were almost 15 times more likely to die from firearms than other methods, and they were found to have, on average, one to three alcohol-related incidents in their histories.

The study reports that suicide is far more common in males than females. The study subtitled the issue “A significant public health challenge for mental health clinicians”. It noted that, for instance, more than 80% of all suicide deaths in the U.S. are in males aged ten and above, and suicide is the eighth leading cause of death overall in this group.

To examine the mental health consequences of male suicide in the United States, scientists from the United States used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System from 2016 through 2018. They found that suicide among American males with no known mental health conditions was not affected by those mind and health conditions.

The researchers then compared characteristics of those without diagnosed mental health conditions versus those with mental health conditions in four different age groups: adolescence (10–17 years old), young adulthood (18–34), middle age (35–64), and older adults (65 and older).

Helping your loved one recover from depression by promoting the idea that suicide is preventable in all groups remains an essential task. However, it has been found that suicides happen in many different groups and lack the relatively narrow focus of a mental health system’s outreach.

Finding suicide documents in college files is a normal part of mental health clinicians’ work. Many students who had no apparent mental health issues before enrolling at USM felt compelled to change while in the service of their freshman advisor. Surveying college files can yield a window onto nontraditional adaptations to stress. 

  Evidence suggests that young and middle-aged adults without known mental health conditions disclosed suicidal intent less frequently, but this difference was not statistically significant.

Males with no history of mental health treatment who committed suicide were more likely to have a relationship or personal tensions as the trigger for the suicide. In other words, suicides may have resulted from highly stressful circumstances. 

Studies underscore the critical importance of focusing on suicidal initiatives and working to discourage the use of alcohol, drugs, and guns when the time of suicide risk. In particular, platforms for deliverance, centered on crisis-informed and cognitive behavioral therapies and support for patients in crises, can be a potent, necessary, and potentially lifesaving addition to traditional mental health services. Moreover

Study Authors suggest avoiding exposure rather than improving psychologists’ approaches to dealing with trauma across the life span.

“Biological factors associated with suicidal behavior are best examined through comprehensive psychiatric phenotypes that include routine screeners such as depression and hopelessness, alongside the association of unique biomarkers of reproductive hormones in males,” a university study said.

“These findings,” Pearson said, “could change beliefs about what factors are driven by mental health conditions and what factors can be changed or eliminated.” 

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