Suicide. It’s not a dirty word. But you’ve likely heard it spoken more times than you’d like. You may have even uttered those words yourself in the depths of despair? Known someone close to you, who experienced suicidal thoughts? Perhaps you’ve even supported someone going through a deep and dark depression, feeling lost and broken. Feeling as though it was their only escape.
Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has been described as “complex somatic, cognitive, affective, and behavioral effects of psychological trauma.”
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide claimed the lives of 47,000 people.