Suicide, Mental Illness, Drugs and Alcohol

Breakingthecycles.com details three risk factors associated with suicide attempts: a history of depression or mental illness, a history of alcohol or drug abuse, and a family history of suicide. Each of these factors is termed a “brain changer” which increases the likelihood of suicide. Mental illness can include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and bi-polar disorder. A history of alcohol or drug abuse can include binge drinking, heavy social drinking, drug addiction, and alcoholism. A family history of suicide or attempted suicide suggests a genetic predisposition to both drug or alcohol addiction and mental illness.

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