Year: 1983 Source: Southern Medical Journal, v.76, no.10, (1983), p.1290-1293 SIEC No: 19841111

This article takes a look at the underlying motivations for suicide. A discussion of demographic factors & their relation to suicide is presented. The author also reviews how a depressed patient can suffer bodily ailments as a result of the emotional turmoil inside. Difficulty in interpersonal relationships & impending divorces or chronic family instability often serve as powerful motivations for feeling that life is not worth living. Many other common motives for suicide are briefly outlined.