Nothing temporary about suicide

Faith Exley, Assistant Editor

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Never let the temporary become permanent, because suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem. Suicide does not allow the pain to go away, it gives it to someone else. 

Suicide is a deep voice inside of us that is willing to give everything away for peace. Sometimes life gets so hard for us to handle alone so we give up, instead of turning for help because we are ashamed. 

But does the pain really go away when we do? 

The answer is no it doesn’t. The pain is passed down to our loved ones, while they carry the burden of your choice. They have to go through their days wondering what they could have done to prevent the tragedy. 

The suicide rate with children ages ranging from 10 to 14, has tripled from 2007 to 2017. The suicide rate among 10 to 24 year olds has increased 56% over the last decade. This continues to be the 10th most common cause of death for these age groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

What drives people to take their own lives?

Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that people can no longer bear. They get blinded by feelings of hopelessness, isolation, and  self-loathing. They just can not see any way of relief except through death.

For those who do not experience this kind of depression, it is difficult for them to understand what drives people to their suicidal breaking point. 

However, suicide is not caused by one single factor, it can be several ranging from mental health, social, physical, emotional, and financial issues. 

Whenever you are in this state of mind, your thinking gets pushed to the back of your brain, and the part of your brain that makes decisions shuts off and you are not able to think clearly. 

According to Michael Poulter, a neuroscientist at the Robarts Research Institute states that the  brain has an abnormal distribution of receptors for the chemical GABA, one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in the brain. GABA’s role is to inhibit neuron activity. 

The frontopolar cortex is involved in higher-order thinking, such as decision making. The scientists do not yet know how this abnormality leads to the type of major depression that makes someone suicidal, but anything that disturbs that system would be predicted to have some sort of important outcome. 

In the frontopolar cortex of suicide brains, the gene for the GABA-A receptor often had a molecule called a methyl group attached to it, the team found. When a methyl group is attached to a gene, it keeps that gene hidden from cells’ protein-building machinery—in this case, preventing the cells from manufacturing GABA-A receptors.

Sally Curtin, co-author of the Christian Post said, “Not only is suicide trending upward, but the pace of increase is actually accelerating.”

Not only did the suicide rates increase but so did the depression rates which coincides with suicide. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately one million people die each year from suicide. 

Ways to get through the depression and the temptations of suicide is to talk out everything bottled inside of you, because no one can get through pain alone.