Assisted Suicide and Depression: A personal experience.

By March 31, 2014 Recent News

Alex Schadenberg 24 March 2014
My concern with the legalization of assisted suicide is the psychological impact on the rest of society. I am writing from my personal experience.
I have dealt with depression for almost 50 of my 63 years. I have been suicidal on numerous occasions and at one point, within the past ten years, I experienced active suicidal ideation for a continuous six-month period almost 24 hours per day. I even carried a knife in my handbag, just waiting for the right moment to stab myself.
When I learned of the assisted suicide story of the Canadian woman who went to Switzerland, I personally heard the message that my life was not worth living. That assisted suicide death gave me the message that when things get really bad and there doesn’t seem to be any hope, I should give up my struggle. Being actively suicidal is often a terminal illness.
I have been struggling during the past 35 years, in particular, through multiple varieties of therapy and medication and through hospitalizations.
Adults are role models. No amount of denial will change that fact of human nature. Children imitate what they see their parents, teachers, idols and even their peers doing.
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