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Suicide Trends in the United States

Resources: Appendix E and the Suicide Rates by Age Group article.
Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for Week Three, located on the student web page.
Please see the attachment and answer the questions in Appendix E.

QUESTIONS:

Suicide

Respond to the following based on the information in the "Suicide Rates by Age Group" article:

1. What has been the trend in suicide rates over the past few years?
2. What part of the U.S. has the highest suicide rate?
3. List three risk factors for suicide.
4. Many researchers worry that suicide rates for adolescents and older adults continue to increase. What does the research data show about these age groups?
5. In the U.S., what demographic has the highest rate of suicide?
6. List four possible reasons for the observed decrease in suicide rates.
7. Recent media reports have suggested that medications may provoke suicidal behavior, particularly in adolescents. As a precautionary step, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning doctors to watch patients closely for worsening depression when medication is first prescribed. What does the data show about the effects of medication and suicide?
8. Once a patient begins medication for depression, when is that patient at the highest risk for suicidal ideation and behavior?
9. Based on the readings, what is your opinion on the use of medication to help control depression and reduce the risk of suicide?

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Suicide: RespondS to the following based on the information in the--Suicide Rates by Age Group--article:

1. What has been the trend in suicide rates over the past few years?

The main trend is a decline in suicide rates over the past few years. This reverses the earlier increase trends. Suicide was found to be among the 10 leading causes of death until 1998, when it was number 8 overall. Since that time, it has been surpassed by deaths due to Alzheimer disease and septicemia. Preliminary data for 2003 placed suicide at number 11 overall, with a provisional age-adjusted rate of 10.5 per 100000, a 3.7% decline from the 2002 age-adjusted rate. However, it remains one of the 10 leading causes of death among individuals aged 10 to 64 years, and it ranks between second and fourth among those aged 10 to 45 years.

2. What part of the U.S. has the highest suicide rate?

Rates varied by region in the United States, with the highest rates being in the West (14.7 suicides per 100000 people), which was followed closely by the South (13.1 per 100000) the Midwest (10.9 per ...

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This solution responds thoroughly to the questions based on the information in the "Suicide Rates by Age Group" article.

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