Interesting post. I’m going to find that book and read it. My son did not suffer from depression, his suicide was on impulse, but I do not know what triggered it. He was gifted, was performing well in school and at his job, and was a talented athlete. But, he trusted too easily. He was always hurt deeply when his trust was abused. He took people at face value, never understanding that people often are not as they appear. I am just learning of something called Existential Depression. I am going to learn more about it. If any of my readers can share on this topic, please do so.
I know that when I get to Heaven, the reason behind Donald’s death will no longer matter. It does matter to me now and will as long as I’m on this earth.
I’m currently reading “Dying to be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after Suicide” by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch. In the book they state some of the common traits and circumstances of some suicidal people. Some of these are:
Perfectionism: Perfectionists have unrealistically high expectations of self and others. They become frustrated when they don’t meet their own standards.
High achievement: They set high goals and always push themselves to do better. They may be emotionally unsatisfied and believe they will never make it, no matter how hard they try.
Fear of Failure: They may fear they will fail and be criticized. They may not understand the value of learning from failure. Criticism can be devastating.
Talent or high Intelligence: Gifted people may feel pressured by others’ high expectations. They often feel different and withdraw within themselves.
Tendency to question life’s meaning: They may…
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