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January 18, 2011 | By Kelly Brewington, Baltimore Sun
About 6% of surgeons reported having suicidal thoughts in the last year, but many are reluctant to seek help because they feared it would affect their medical license, according to a new study in the Archives of Surgery. The study, based on an anonymous survey of nearly 8,000 surgeons, found suicidal thoughts were tied to doctors' worries about making an error, a history of depression and burnout on the job. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that of the 6% who reported having suicidal thoughts in the previous year, 26% sought help.
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SCIENCE
March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
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NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Melissa Healy
Think bullying doesn't hurt? A new study suggests otherwise, finding that a youth aged 10 to 17 who reports that he or she has been victimized by peers in the past year is nearly 2 1/2 times likelier to have suicidal thoughts than an adolescent who reports no recent victimization. If you add the experience of sexual assault or parental maltreatment to peer victimization, a child's likelihood of pondering suicide is 3.4 times and 4.4 times as high, respectively, as that of a child with no such recent history.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation, according to a new report that also says guards falsified prison observation logs and made other mistakes while monitoring him before his Sept. 3 suicide. Castro instantly became one of America's most notorious criminals in May after police discovered three young women who had been kidnapped, raped and held in his home for roughly a decade. His conviction, life sentence and even his death provoked little sympathy from a disgusted public.
HEALTH
August 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More Gulf Coast residents are thinking seriously about suicide or showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as the recovery from Hurricane Katrina inches along, a new survey finds. The survey is a follow-up to one done six months after the hurricane, which found that few people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama -- about 3% -- had contemplated suicide in the storm's aftermath. That figure has now doubled in the three-state area and is up to 8% in the New Orleans area.
NEWS
March 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Eating disorders among teens is dangerous enough. Now researchers say these teens face a higher likelihood of having more psychological problems, including suicidal thoughts. There’s no sure-fire cure for any of these self-destructive and potentially fatal behaviors, but learning how to identify them is the first step. Friends may be the first to be aware that something's wrong. People with anorexia nervosa, for example, don't eat enough because they think they're too fat -- even though they may be very thin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino, Jessica Garrison and Andrew Blankstein
For seven years, beginning in her teens, Nadya Suleman tried to have a baby. She suffered three miscarriages. She tried artificial insemination and fertility drugs, to no avail. By 2000, a back injury and her inability to bear children had sent her into a deep depression in which she told a psychiatrist that she had suicidal thoughts. On many days, she did not get out of bed. One doctor asked her what activities she had given up. Her answer: "Everything."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
Rick Warren's Saddleback Church congregation in Orange County began Sunday morning worship services with a prayer for their pastor, who announced the day before that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide. Tom Hollladay, a teaching pastor at the mega-church in Lake Forest, led the prayer for Warren and his wife, Kay, at the 9 a.m. service, according to the Associated Press. Warren did not attend the service. On Saturday, Warren released an emotional message to his congregation in which he paid tribute to his son Matthew Warren, who he said died Saturday after battling mental illness all of his life.
SCIENCE
March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police do not know where Pastor Rick Warren's son got the gun he used to commit suicide, an Orange County Sheriff's Department official said Wednesday. Matthew Warren, 27, was "probably not" the owner of the weapon he used to shoot himself about 10 a.m. Friday in his Mission Viejo home, department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Investigators are trying to determine how he got it. A source close to the investigation said Warren used a shotgun. The Sheriff's Department declined to comment.
OPINION
September 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Glendale school officials have hired a firm to monitor the social media postings of their students, apparently in an effort to learn about potentially dangerous behavior such as cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, sexual harassment or drug use. The firm might turn up some troubling stuff, and even if it doesn't, knowing that Big Schoolmarm is watching might persuade some teenagers to show a little more caution about what they broadcast online, which would...
NATIONAL
August 27, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - The military prosecutor was asking Philip Warman about the moment he realized his wife and partner of more than 20 years had been killed in the mass shooting at this central Texas Army post on Nov. 5, 2009. Warman, a lawyer dressed in a blue jacket and red tie, sat silent on the stand at first. His wife, Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, had been an Army nurse, mother of five, grandmother of eight. Witnesses testified at trial this month that after she was shot, as she lay bleeding, she said she knew she was dying.
SCIENCE
May 16, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
The U.S. military has faced two epidemics over the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. One is suicide. The annual rate of military personnel taking their own lives has doubled to about 20 per 100,000. That translated to a record 324 suicides in the Army last year. The other is concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The proliferation of roadside bombs has subjected thousands of troops to brain-rattling explosions. Several studies have suggested a link between the two epidemics - that service members who suffered concussions are at greater risk for suicide.
SCIENCE
May 2, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Suicide rates among Americans 35 to 64 years old rose 28% from 1999 to 2010, from 13.7 per 100,000 people to 17.6 per 100,000 people, the CDC reported Thursday.  The greatest increases occurred in people 50 to 54 years old (up 48%) and among people 55 to 59 years old (up 49%). Among men, suicides in middle-aged people rose 27.3%; among women, 31.5%. Whites and Native Americans had steeper increases than other demographic groups.  Rates increased in all states, whether they had relatively high, average or low suicide rates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It will be “nearly impossible” to trace where pastor Rick Warren's son bought the shotgun he used to take his own life last week, an Orange County Sheriff's Department official said. The gun that 27-year-old Matthew Warren used to shoot himself in his Mission Viejo home on April 5 was unregistered, had its serial numbers scratched off and was purchased online, said department spokesman Jim Amormino. A source close to the investigation confirmed it was a shotgun. “It's going to be nearly impossible to trace where he bought the weapon or who owned it previously,” Amormino told The Times.
HEALTH
April 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Rick Warren said on Twitter Thursday that he forgives the person who sold his son the gun he used to kill himself. Warren revealed Thursday that the gun was purchased  on the Internet and was not registered. "Someone on the internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun.I pray he seeks God's forgiveness. I forgive him. #MATTHEW 6:15" Warren later wrote on Twitter: "God never allows more on you than he puts in you to bear it. " Sheriff's Department records show no one in the Warren family is registered to carry a concealed weapon in Orange County, and authorities have said they were struggling to determine where 27-year-old Matthew Warren obtained the weapon.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2008 | from times wire services
Epilepsy drugs must carry a new warning about the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions, as urged by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel in July. The FDA announced changes to the drugs' prescribing information in a statement on its website. In keeping with the recommendations of its advisors, the FDA rejected a proposal to require that the drugs carry the agency's strictest caution, outlined in a black box. This year, regulators reviewed 199 studies of 11 epilepsy drugs and found 80% more suicidal thoughts and behavior in patients taking the drugs.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The Food and Drug Administration wants to add its most serious warning label to epilepsy drugs, based on evidence that they increase the risk of suicide in patients. FDA scientists have proposed adding a "black box" warning about suicide risks to all drugs used to treat seizures. An FDA analysis of nearly 200 studies showed that patients taking anti-seizure drugs were more likely to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors than those taking placebos. Although the reported problems were extremely rare, the FDA found that drug-treated patients faced about twice the risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The gun Rick Warren's son used to kill himself was unregistered and purchased on the Internet, the pastor tweeted Thursday afternoon. Warren's tweet read: Someone on the internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun.I pray he seeks God's forgiveness. I forgive him. #MATTHEW 6:15 - Rick Warren (@RickWarren) April 11, 2013 Sheriff's Department records show no one in the Warren family is registered to carry a concealed weapon in Orange County, and authorities have said they were struggling to determine where 27-year-old Matthew Warren obtained the weapon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police do not know where Pastor Rick Warren's son got the gun he used to commit suicide, an Orange County Sheriff's Department official said Wednesday. Matthew Warren, 27, was "probably not" the owner of the weapon he used to shoot himself about 10 a.m. Friday in his Mission Viejo home, department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Investigators are trying to determine how he got it. A source close to the investigation said Warren used a shotgun. The Sheriff's Department declined to comment.
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