Depression, Anti Depressants, Antidepressant Medications

04 Jan

U.S. Suicide Rate Rise For White, Middle-Aged Men And Women

Though the suicide rate dropped between 1986 and 1999, the number of suicides for white women age 40 to 64 rose 3.9 percent annually between 1999 and 2005 and the suicide rate for white, middle-aged men climbed 2,7 percent yearly during the same interval, meaning that the number of suicides among Americans still remains disturbingly high.

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that while suicide rates increased by 2 to 3% in white men and women, the rates remained the same in Asians and Native Americans and declined in blacks. Suicide rates among African-Americans declined by more than 1 percent yearly. Before 1999, white middle-aged men were at least likely to commit suicide. Between 1999 and 2005, the suicide rate among white middle-aged men jumped 33 percent, from 7,916 deaths in 1999 to 10,535 in 2005.

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