The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression - Suicide Summary & Analysis

Andrew Solomon
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Suicide Summary

Although suicide and depression frequently coexist, they are not always complements. People who commit suicide are not necessarily depressed and not all depressed people necessarily commit suicide. Suicide attempts are treated as symptoms of depression, though they frequently coexist with the illness. While curing the depression may postpone a suicide, it may not always keep it from happening altogether. Despite popular belief, there is no strong correlation between the severity of depression and the likelihood of suicide. Suicide is not the result of a difficult life. Though outside circumstances may trigger depression and suicide, the suicidal urge comes from a hidden location in the mind. Solomon looks back on the suicidal period in his own life and sees the logic behind his suicidal intentions as completely flawed. He emphasizes that suicide is a very specific intention, apart from wanting death to end one's...

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