Year: 1996 Source: USA Today, v.125, no.2616, (September 1996), p.62-64 SIEC No: 20090483

VERY FEW ACTIONS generate as much emotion in family members and friends as suicidal behavior. Only the person engaging in suicide suffers greater emotional turbulence. What often is perceived as being the severest form of auto-aggression–death by suicide–is in reality an attempt to escape psychic pain. Suicide appears to be the only option left for people who, after trying to solve life’s crises, find themselves in an untenable situation.