Year: 1987 Source: The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, v.8, no.4, (December 1987), p.302-308 SIEC No: 19901175

The clearly documented rise in suicide among younger age groups, at least in the United States, is cause for worry. Those who succeed in self-destruction all too frequently are highly intelligent individuals; the waste of human talent is obvious. A review of suicides investigated & of literature suggests that total loss of hope on the part of the victim results in an astigmatic perception of reality; in the face of these circumstances, suicide is a logical conclusion for the victim. 8 refs.