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In the 1970s book Suicide by Alvarez, a sort of study of suicide through the ages, I recall that he discussed how in the 1800s folks in Paris would commit suicide by drowning. The police record stated that they could always tell who killed themselves for "love" and who killed themselves because of debt. They said that the folks who killed themselves for "love" had marks on their hands from trying to scrabble up out of the water and save themselves at the last minute. The debtors wanted to die.

Debt is one of the greatest causes of suicide, if not the greatest cause other than serious illness. I once read an article on addictions which stated that gamblers had 160 times the rate of suicide of other addicts, such as drug addicts and alcoholics (who are not exactly low risk folks). The "160" times may be an exaggeration ... but it may not be. I do honestly believe that a lot of folks will die because of the new bankruptcy law which makes it more difficult to clean up your mess. The worst is when you get debt and disease combined...which is so common. I had a friend who went into remission from cancer but still lost everything financially ( health insurance does not cover your lost income! ) and he had to be put on Prozac to stop him from taking his own life.
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