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Old 10-25-2014, 08:40 PM
 
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As I've been researching cities looking for where to move in the next few years, Seattle always presents itself as great option. The one thing that I can't get past though is how I hear that it is depressing. Many say it's because of the overcast/drizzly weather but I have a hard time believing this is the sole cause. It also seems like it is made out to be a much more depressed place than it really is. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
I'm originally from the South. I've lived in Seattle for many years, and it's difficult in the winter. It really is the weather IMO. Yes, Seattle is loaded with snotty people and hipsters, but so are a lot of cities. Austin TX and Seattle are very similar in regards to the type of people you run into, but Austin doesn't have all the suicide and massive depression problems.

It's the weather. If you go to places like Alaska or northern Europe, it's even worse.

If you can get past the weather and traffic, Seattle is a pretty nice city
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:57 PM
 
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Why is Seattle said to have a high rate of suicide and depression? Because people keep repeating it, even though it's not true. From what I remember, Seattle is actually below the US average when it comes to suicide.
No, Seattle is typically a top 5 major city every year if you go by suicides per capita. Las Vegas is considered the suicide capital of the US, but other notable major cities are Seattle, Portland, Detroit, New Orleans, and Sacramento. Seattle and Portland have the overcast weather. Detroit has the horrible economy, New Orleans is a wreck too, but I don't understand Sacramento.
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:01 PM
 
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No, Seattle is typically a top 5 major city every year if you go by suicides per capita. Las Vegas is considered the suicide capital of the US, but other notable major cities are Seattle, Portland, Detroit, New Orleans, and Sacramento. Seattle and Portland have the overcast weather. Detroit has the horrible economy, New Orleans is a wreck too, but I don't understand Sacramento.
Where's Seattle?
The 15 Most Suicidal Cities In America - Business Insider
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Old 10-26-2014, 03:46 AM
 
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Seattle region ranks 2nd of 33 in U.S. suicide attempts « Social Capital Review

If you go by Seattle proper, it's a top 20, but not in at the very top; however, when you go by the greater Seattle area, it's typically top 5 every year. It's also near the top in depression rates. Like a lot of statistics, Seattle looks a lot different on paper because the surrounding area is so much larger than the city itself. Another factor is that Seattle is actually nicer than most of the surrounding area. This isn't the case in most cities.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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I'm originally from the South. I've lived in Seattle for many years, and it's difficult in the winter. It really is the weather IMO. Yes, Seattle is loaded with snotty people and hipsters, but so are a lot of cities. Austin TX and Seattle are very similar in regards to the type of people you run into, but Austin doesn't have all the suicide and massive depression problems.

It's the weather. If you go to places like Alaska or northern Europe, it's even worse.

If you can get past the weather and traffic, Seattle is a pretty nice city
I get sick of this.

No Seattle does not have more suicide, and no rain and dark has nothing to do with it. Cities with the highest suicide rates are generally sunny dry southern cities. Portland the exception of the top 15 list.

So,,... If you want to have a meaningful conversation why attempt numbers are high but actual suicide is not.. We can do that..

But I think that is not really your intention.

Suicide is a grave serious issue that should not be used as folly.
The 15 Most Suicidal Cities In America - Business Insider
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:58 AM
 
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But I think it's statistically insignificant.
You're not an expert in the field, and the doctor was quoted as being worried about the difference. So according to the real experts, it's an issue. If it weren't significant, they wouldn't be worried. I'll be put my trust in the experts.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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I'd say Washington state's high use of antidepressants is a good indicator of depression:

http://community.seattletimes.nwsour...=depression21m
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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I get sick of this.

No Seattle does not have more suicide, and no rain and dark has nothing to do with it. Cities with the highest suicide rates are generally sunny dry southern cities. Portland the exception of the top 15 list.

So,,... If you want to have a meaningful conversation why attempt numbers are high but actual suicide is not.. We can do that..

But I think that is not really your intention.

Suicide is a grave serious issue that should not be used as folly.
The 15 Most Suicidal Cities In America - Business Insider
Welcome to City-Data: The place where people not from your area tell you what it's like

As I've already stated, you need to look at the entire area to get a clear picture. You're not understating that Seattle is mostly a nice part of Seattle. You start throwing places like Everette, Tacoma and Bremerton in the equation, and this area has a top 5 suicide rate. The exact opposite happens in most the cities on that sill list where the better parts of town surround the cities. Also, as someone that works in the medical field, I can tell you that depression rates are high in this part of the country because of the geography. Not only is does Seattle have depressing weather, but it gets dark her a 4 in the afternoon in the winter. Seasonal depression is very real. If you take out the lack of vitamin D in this area, it shouldn't even be in the same conversation as drug infested hell holes like Albuquerque or Vegas in regards to suicide or suicide attempts, but it is, and it's because of seasonal depression.
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Seattle probably just has the most people who want to kill themselves but are to passive aggressive to follow through with it.
That or the people up here are too anti-gun to shoot themselves. As messed up as that sounds, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if there was some truth to it.
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Old 10-27-2014, 01:07 PM
 
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Not only is does Seattle have depressing weather, but it gets dark her a 4 in the afternoon in the winter. Seasonal depression is very real. If you take out the lack of vitamin D in this area, it shouldn't even be in the same conversation as drug infested hell holes like Albuquerque or Vegas in regards to suicide or suicide attempts, but it is, and it's because of seasonal depression.
Given that your link shows that a lot of the most suicidal cities are in the south, you cannot even make that statement out of guesswork from correlation, let alone factual evidence.
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