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He had moods. So his moods went up and down, seemingly only having to do with work. No, I absolutely did not know. Tell me about the piece of music you have selected. And I would become so serene, that I was able to work for another half hour or so. I just love it. It is so simple and it is so very sensitive, it goes right into me, it probes right through my outer shell.

Music, to me, is such a great a healer. I can even enjoy the beat, the energy, of rap music.

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The words are a bit repetitive maybe, and not always very pleasant. But Bach, Mozart, they give me a feeling of completeness. He was a Romanian-born Jew, and as a young boy ended up in a concentration camp and saw the most horrifying things. I chose Night because I wanted to see how concentration camp inmates fared under those horrible circumstances. You know, when I began to write A Hidden Life , which was about 14 years ago, I did a lot of research because I wanted to make sure that I could stand behind what I wrote.

This was nearly 30 years after it happened. And he came here and we had a coffee and he said it was interesting for him to meet me, because he almost never meets the widow or the widower. I had read it many years ago, but I reread it. In concentration camps, the biggest goal for most of them was to get the next crust of bread. And the other thing about suicide is that if you feel that somebody totally needs you, you manage to hang in there.

My kids and myself were left — were we not important enough to Jim? I used to think that maybe it took courage to kill yourself.


Personally I am more afraid of death than of life. This is really more like a textbook, but it says some important things. She tried to commit suicide herself when she was She is very big on scientific research, and talks about lithium, for example. Styron talks about this too, he says that the use of lithium to stabilize mood swings in manic depression is a great medical achievement — but that he was already too far gone for that. He had to be put on some tranquilizers that made him sick as a dog.

Jamison talks about understanding suicide as a response to an unendurable level of mental pain. But all those who tried to commit suicide, they do it because it seems to be the only reasonable — irrational as it might be — solution to get rid of the terrible mental anguish. Actually Jamison says very few people leave suicide notes, only about one in four.

Jim left no note. Apparently that is very typical, often there is no note. Why were you so sure Jim had left you one?

Growing number of students commits suicide over exams. Why students are under stress?

Because he was so dependable and so responsible. He was so responsible that hours before he died he took the sick cat to the vet. That was the last check that he ever wrote. Who would think of taking a cat with a droopy eye to the vet?. He was always extremely thoughtful, very protective. I had hoped to find something that would tell me why he had done it. Of course it might not necessarily have helped. He might have said something in there, referred to some problem that I had been aware of while he was alive, but had done nothing about.

His words might have made me even more upset than my own thoughts were already making me. Believe me I looked everywhere for it. Who knows? One of the things in your book that I found most shocking is when you fly back to New York alone after getting the phone call telling you that Jim has killed himself. This was very well planned, to coincide with when you and your daughters were away. I think as Sylvia Plath once said, once you decide to commit suicide, you become extremely clever at figuring out and disguising what you mean to do.

Yes, Jim must have been planning this — how did I know? And maybe in the last few days when he was in Holland before he went back to New York, he did act very weirdly. Yes, it was weird, I had never seen him like that. I had no idea what to do with it. But I knew that it scared me. You know the other thing is that as an immigrant, I was totally in awe of his education. We met on a blind date and I had been told by the girl who introduced us that he had been to an Ivy League school.


He talked about the history of Boston, and mentioned Paul Revere, to me it was just a brand of pan. I had no idea. And he must have liked that at some level. I think he was charmed by it. If he felt all the weight of that expectation, it must have been wonderful to be with someone for whom it was all irrelevant.

Irrelevant, yes, and it made him laugh. But I think somewhere he also liked the idea of this jeune fille who needed to be educated.

It may have given him a real boost to educate me. And in retrospect I think that had I been rather more forceful,or more persistent, I might perhaps have been able to get him to go for help. And what do you do when he does? Why do you think he wanted you to write a book? Had you done much writing at that point? No, I never wrote anything longer than a shopping list. No, he had no idea. Maybe together we would have made a beautiful The Upstairs Room. He left me before I had even gotten to finishing the first draft.

But I learned a great deal from him, he was a tremendous teacher. Yes, The Savage God. He begins the book by talking about Sylvia Plath, apparently she was a friend of his. Yes, once you start thinking about it thematically, you realize that a lot of people have committed suicide. Just so many. Alvarez says a lot of interesting things. For example that many years ago, those who committed suicide were buried in the same area were criminals were buried. Because it was a sin. And I guess in some extreme cases of religion it probably is still a sin.

Another thing that Alvarez says that struck me — and by the way he also tried to commit suicide — is that suicide is a messy business. But now scientific research is being done about it, it has become respectable, because everything that science touches becomes respectable. Alvarez calls himself a failed suicide. He also talks about things like the suicide cult. If the newspapers pay a lot of attention to suicide, there are those who want to imitate it.

He talks about the Romantic poets, for whom dying young was glamorous. Also Shakespeare uses a lot of suicide in his plays. I never conquered Shakespeare — Jim tried, believe me. And maybe it is totally based on the need to feel that Jim loved us. But when his mother was in a mental institution, he went to see her and it was a very unpleasant thing. I wonder whether he may have thought that he would end up the same way and that he wanted to spare our kids. Jim was very protective as a person, and I think maybe he wanted to protect the kids from having to see him like that. He felt enormous guilt when his mother died.

The guilt of those who die, the guilt of those left behind. Instead of looking through death records, however, he and his colleagues decided to ask people who were watching the show how they were feeling. They surveyed people between the ages of 18 and Each filled out surveys before and after watching the second season of the show. The second season — like the first — is pretty grim.

Everything goes wrong all the time. Romer found that people who watched some of the second season — but not all — were at a higher risk for suicide. They thought about it more often and were less hopeful about the future. But if people — especially students — watched the second season to the end, they had a lower risk of suicide. In fact, they had fewer suicidal thoughts than people who had never seen the show at all. But this second study, too, found only a correlation.

Teens and young adults have many other stresses in their lives that might contribute to suicidal thoughts. In a May 3 statement, a Netflix spokesperson said the network was aware of both studies and that they may be seen as contradicting each other. Neither study can prove that 13 Reasons Why increased — or decreased — the risk for suicide. It only means that people should do so carefully. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults ages 15 to 29 as of If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please seek help. Or you can text Please do not suffer in silence.

Department of Health and Human Services, CDC is charged with protecting public health and safety by working to control and prevent disease, injury and disabilities. It does this by investigating disease outbreaks, tracking exposures by Americans to infections and toxic chemicals, and regularly surveying diet and other habits among a representative cross-section of all Americans. When there is a positive correlation, an increase in one variable is associated with an increase in the other.

For instance, scientists might correlate an increase in time spent watching TV with an increase in rates of obesity. Where there is an inverse correlation, an increase in one value is associated with a drop in the other. Scientists might correlate an increase in TV watching with a decrease in time spent exercising each week. A correlation between two variables does not necessarily mean one is causing the other. It encompasses not only the traditional media — newspapers, magazines, radio and television — but also Internet- and smartphone-based outlets, such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook and more.

The newer, digital media are sometimes referred to as social media. The singular form of this term is medium. It refers to how people behave on their own and how they interact with others. It includes how people make choices, handle stress and manage fear or anxiety. It can occur in people of any age, from babies to the elderly.

Treatments may consist of talking therapies, prescription drugs or both. This medical field is known as psychiatry. For instance, exposure to radiation poses a risk of cancer. Or the hazard — or peril — itself. For instance: Among cancer risks that the people faced were radiation and drinking water tainted with arsenic. Researchers select the number and types of people questioned in hopes that the answers these individuals give will be representative of others who are their age, belong to the same ethnic group or live in the same region.

The list of questions that will be offered to glean those data. Journal : J. Bridge et al. Published online April 28, Journal : F. Arendt et al. Investigating harmful and helpful effects of watching season 2 of 13 Reasons Why : Results of a two-wave U. Published online April 25, Since the s, bats and other wild animals have replaced dogs as the major U.

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