A question that I was asked...

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by Daphna, Apr 8, 2014.

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  1. Daphna

    Daphna Well-Known Member

    I was recently asked the question, "What drives people to suicide?"

    I thought about my own experience and I was able to sum it up into one word. Hopelessness

    If you were to sum it up into one word; what would it be for you?
  2. ba51th

    ba51th Well-Known Member



    no better choice... (sorry, can't sum it up into a word...)
  3. Daphna

    Daphna Well-Known Member

    Thank you for answering.
  4. Rookie

    Rookie Active Member

    Anguish/pain/exhaustion... there are too many to ask for a single word... in my case at least
  5. sweetles

    sweetles Well-Known Member

    despair. despair combines hopelessness, anguish, an unendurable suffering all in one little package. DESPAIR.
  6. Butterfly

    Butterfly Sim Addict Staff Alumni SF Author SF Supporter

    Despair, hopelessness, anguish, desperation.
  7. Event_Horizon

    Event_Horizon SF Supporter

    All studies I have read up to this time point to one thing, Psychache. Summed up as mental pain. Hopelessness is a terrible mental pain.
  8. youRprecious!

    youRprecious! Antiquities Friend

    Agreed, all of the above + shame, remorse, guilt, horror - there are any number of negatives but all combined = hopelessness
  9. Growing Pains

    Growing Pains Well-Known Member

    Going against the grain.

  10. iwanttohelp

    iwanttohelp Well-Known Member

    Makes you realize why most major religions give people a way to cope with those exact things. I like Buddishm because you don't have to believe in God, guilt and all that. Buddishm helped me to understand what Christianity means by sin (i.e. bad Karma in Buddishm).

    Somehow all of us humans need a way to process and release shame, remorse and guilt. It may be through meditation, confession, prayer, or whatever. If you just let it sit there it will eat you alive. None of us are alone in that.

    Anyway, I still suffer with the above too, but honestly, studying various religions, and putting some of that into practice, has helped break me out of a vicious cycle.
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  11. youRprecious!

    youRprecious! Antiquities Friend

    Just goes to show that we are all spiritual beings, having a human experience! :)

    As William Wordsworth wrote: "Trailing clouds of glory do we come, from God who is our home".....

    And if you don't want to believe in God, substituting the word 'Truth' helps us in our various journeys. After all, Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, the life....." :)
  12. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Eccentric writer, general weirdo, heedless heathen

    No hope for the future. Well, that's a few words, but it sums it up best for me.
  13. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

  14. Lonelyness...feeling like u can't go another night knowing that this feeling is for the rest of your life
  15. PinkiePieInTheSky

    PinkiePieInTheSky Well-Known Member

    The pointlessness of all human life. Laundry. You work and work doing it, but it's never finished.

    Loneliness kind of works as an amplifier for my pain; I am already sad, and I get sadder since I feel like I have no one I can express my pain to.
  16. Good question.
    Personally it's been a number of things at different times but still, it could always be summed up in one word each time - though the word was different each time.


    To sum it up in one word, wow... That's really profound. I've never thought about what I struggle with that way. Thank you. Some things are more clear now for me.
  17. Twocky61

    Twocky61 Banned Member

    Pointlessness (as in why are we here?)
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