http://www.azcentral.com/news/free/20130502-suicide-rate-ros...U.S. suicide rate rose sharply among middle-agedNEW YORK — The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that age group. Their suicide rate jumped 40 percent between 1999 and 2010.But the rates in younger and older people did not change. And there was little change among middle-aged blacks, Hispanics and most other racial and ethnic groups. . . .During the 1999-2010 period, suicide went from the eighth leading cause of death among middle-aged Americans to the fourth, behind cancer, heart disease and accidents. . . .In the new report, hangings overtook drug overdoses among the middle-aged, becoming the second leading manner of death. But guns remained far in the lead and were the instrument of death in nearly half of all suicides in that age group in 2010. . .It sounds to me like this trend affects the teabagger demographics more than any other -- white, middle aged, gun owners. I seriously wonder if the hate, fear and anger whipped up by the right wing echo chamber hasn't also had a negative impact on the personal well-being of the target audience. I know a handful of people who have become unhappy and frustrated zealots against Obama, liberals, Democrats, . . . and notice that this change in their attitude seems directly related to their fanatic devotion to watching FuxNews and listening to wingnut radio.
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