Year: 1980 Source: Crisis, v.1, no.1, (April 1980), p.27-34 SIEC No: 19841705

Suicide is shown as a symptom of depression, & indicates guilt feelings about unallowed aggression. Suicide due to depression is based on the wish for punishment or on disappointment about unfulfilled desires (narcistic anger). It is a reaction to helplessness. But voluntary death can be one kind of self-development, a choice that is not illness. Reference is made to Amery, Freud, Henseler, Hoche, Kent, Kielholz, Klein, and Kohut. (GW)