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To Know Suicide
New York Times, by Kay Redfield Jamison

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Posted By:Piercentire, 8/16/2014 12:23:38 PM

BALTIMORE — WHEN the American artist Ralph Barton killed himself in 1931 he left behind a suicide note explaining why, in the midst of a seemingly good and full life, he had chosen to die. “Everyone who has known me and who hears of this,” he wrote, “will have a different hypothesis to offer to explain why I did it.” Most of the explanations, about problems in his life, would be completely wrong, he predicted. “I have had few real difficulties,” he said, and “more than my share of affection and appreciation.”

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a very will written and informative article ...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Phooey, 8/16/2014 2:41:03 PM     (No. 9968383)

Thanks OP. Would like this to be a ´Must Read´.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/16/2014 8:27:59 PM     (No. 9968599)

A good article. I had a close friend whose father was ill with this very thing and fought it his whole life. My friend was born at exactly the right time. The man could not work, so Jackie´s Mother fortunately had a good job and supported the family. I would go spend the weekend with Jackie and his Dad was absolutely wonderful. He took us to the show, swimming, shooting, to the zoo. Jackie had everything a kid could have. I didn´t have a Dad and loved visiting with Jackie and his Dad. Sadly, Jackie grew up and as a teen began to have his own friends and began drifting outside his Dad´s loving arms. His Dad´s depression returned. One day, Jackie came home to the awful discovery that his Dad had gone to the garage, placed a blanket on the floor and behind his head so as not to make a mess, put a shotgun in his own mouth and pulled the trigger. His note said, "I could not live without my little Jackie and I know I would just be in the way...it´s time for me to go and let Jackie grow up."

It absolutely destroyed my friend. He never got over it. He went on to university, had a family of his own. But, now, we are both old men and Jackie never misses a day without thinking of his Dad. He told me that for years he also thought of suicide as a way to end his own guilt over his Dad´s suicide.

It´s a terrible thing, depression. Awful. I believe it is the worst disease a person can have. It´s certainly the lonliest.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: seesfarwoman, 8/17/2014 3:31:25 PM     (No. 9969395)

The only real way to understand depression is to see it as a type of insanity. Truly, really awful insanity.

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