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Old 01-22-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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I watched a travel series called Stephen Fry in America, and in the last part where he goes to Seattle, it was mentioned the city has a high suicide rate.

1. Is it true statistically (per capita)?
2. If so, what are the reasons?

Thanks.

Edit: I apologize. I found there's already a thread on the subject:
Is it true that Seattle has a high suicide rate?
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:24 AM
 
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What was the consensus in the thread you found?
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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I do not know true statistics - but I will tell you I had never been clinically depressed in my life til I lived here. And yes, I had suicidal thoughts. I sought help and feel better - but am still moving.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:10 AM
 
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I do not know true statistics - but I will tell you I had never been clinically depressed in my life til I lived here. And yes, I had suicidal thoughts. I sought help and feel better - but am still moving.

Where are you moving to if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:17 AM
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I do not know true statistics - but I will tell you I had never been clinically depressed in my life til I lived here. And yes, I had suicidal thoughts. I sought help and feel better - but am still moving.
I'm glad you're feeling better and hopefully your new destination will make things even brighter. But why do you say "til I lived here"? What is it about Seattle that's so depressing? I know that economy is depressing everywhere and not just in one particular region. I know that Colorado -- where I'm right now -- is one of the worst states in the nation for suicide rates regardless of economic status quo. I remember a newspaper talking about this several months ago.

Is it the weather -- the constant drizzly and sunless winter months? I remember suffering severely from the SAD syndrome when I moved from CA to Boston many years ago. The Seasonally Affected Disorder syndrome was so bad in MA that I finally had to pack things up and move to Tucson, AZ where there's constant sun. What a difference it made!! So, obviously with the prospect of moving to Seattle, this issue does come up for me... Would I have the same syndrome back in my life....?
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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I watched a travel series called Stephen Fry in America, and in the last part where he goes to Seattle, it was mentioned the city has a high suicide rate.

1. Is it true statistically (per capita)?
2. If so, what are the reasons?

Thanks.

Edit: I apologize. I found there's already a thread on the subject:
Is it true that Seattle has a high suicide rate?

A co-worker of mine that lived in Tacoma for 10+ years went on and on about this the other day saying it's the 'suicide capital of the world'. I always thought Las Vegas would hold that title! ;-) quick google search:
The Suicide Capital Of America, They Come To Las Vegas Not To Gamble But To Kill Themselves - CBS News



When I did live there I had a co-worker (native of WA)ask to be moved to the window because he gets 'really depressed in the winter'. I thought the winter was awesome, buy hey, I was only there for one winter and half of one at that.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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The concensus was that it is essentially an urban myth. The statistics do not bear out that Seattle has a high rate of suicide.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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I'm glad you're feeling better and hopefully your new destination will make things even brighter. But why do you say "til I lived here"? What is it about Seattle that's so depressing? I know that economy is depressing everywhere and not just in one particular region. I know that Colorado -- where I'm right now -- is one of the worst states in the nation for suicide rates regardless of economic status quo. I remember a newspaper talking about this several months ago.

Is it the weather -- the constant drizzly and sunless winter months? I remember suffering severely from the SAD syndrome when I moved from CA to Boston many years ago. The Seasonally Affected Disorder syndrome was so bad in MA that I finally had to pack things up and move to Tucson, AZ where there's constant sun. What a difference it made!! So, obviously with the prospect of moving to Seattle, this issue does come up for me... Would I have the same syndrome back in my life....?
If you got SAD in Boston, you would not last in Seattle.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:37 AM
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If you got SAD in Boston, you would not last in Seattle.
Yea, that's what I thought. For those susceptible to SAD yet tied firmly down to the Seattle area must have some sort of a solution that works for them? Perhaps a bunch of light panels that are made for folks with SAD. I know I've seen these somewhere....

From my experience, too, being married and having very happy kids did make a huge difference. When I was suffering from SAD in Boston, I was a lonely bachelor. I don't have any pets except aquarium fish, but I heard that having dogs and cats does make a difference, too. So there's some degree of dealing with long, cloudy and drizzly season. The question is how effective the solutions are. That -- I wouldn't know until having lived there for awhile.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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From my experience, too, being married and having very happy kids did make a huge difference. When I was suffering from SAD in Boston, I was a lonely bachelor.
I'm from California born & raised. I'm moving back to California, no matter the cost.

And yes, I was diagnosed with S.A.D. - they put me on 5HTP, vitman D supplements and light therapy

PS: I'm married with kids, and I love my family with my whole soul....but I loved being single and a bachlorette better
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