Psychological disorders have been proven to be correlated with suicide,what sort of conclusion can one say to this?Basically, psychological factors have been proven to have a liaison with suicide,...

Psychological disorders have been proven to be correlated with suicide,what sort of conclusion can one say to this?

Basically, psychological factors have been proven to have a liaison with suicide, so when talking about suicide, why would it be important to understand and include the psychology discipline and what can one conclude with this?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning your question about psychological disorders and their correlation with suicide, I'm wondering if you realize your question pretty much answers itself.

If psychological disorders are related to suicide, why wouldn't you include them in any conversation about suicide?  Of course you would.  If they have a correlation with suicide, you could not possibly have a full understanding of suicide without including them in the conversation.  You would include psychological disorders in a conversation about suicide, because you have to if you want to understand suicide.

In terms of drawing conclusions from this, one could conclude that since psychological disorders have a correlation with the brain, that therefore suicide must also have a correlation with the brain.  This would form a syllogism:

  1. Psychological disorders are correlated with suicide.
  2. Psychological disorders, also, are correlated with the brain.
  3. Therefore, suicide is correlated with the brain.

This establishes that a physical correlation exists between suicide and the brain.  This, of course, is well-accepted today.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In attempting to understand such a complex issue like suicide, I believe that psychological disorders are essential for understanding.  They help provide some semblance of structure and understanding for the multiple layers of suicide.  If nothing else, they can be used as an element of prevention and means of treatment.  That is to say that if individuals have a greater understanding of how specific psychological orders can impact the link to suicide, it might be able to be used by professionals as something to keep in mind in term of diagnosis and treatment.  Better understanding of such disorders can allow professionals to grasp that suicide could be an end to such conditions and prescribe with that in mind.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Suicides definitely constitute highly abnormal behavior, which is also has very high negative consequences for the person committing suicide and for his or her near and dear ones. Further the motivation for suicide is in direct opposition to the basic human instinct of self preservation. In this way there can be no two views about considering suicidal behaviour as an abnormal and harmful behavior. Thus I would call it in itself a psychological order rather than just have a correlation with psychological disorder.

I do not know, what is implied by the phrase " when talking about suicide" in the question. If we are talking about understanding the nature of suicidal behavior to understand the psychology of people who are under the real danger of committing suicide, and to help such people overcome their problems, I will say, yes, the discipline of psychology can be of great assistance in help in this area.

Psychology can help to understand what environmental factors trigger suicidal tendencies, what can be done to prevent such conditions arising as well as suggesting ways in which individuals can be helped to cope up with their adverse circumstances. Psychology may also suggest ways of treating and rehabilitating people who have already suffered major psychological disorders of this type.