Carbon monoxide suicide
Carbon monoxide suicide takes its infamous place as one of the more recognized ways of
committing suicide. Its use has been shown in a number of movies.
Suicide by carbon monoxide is chosen because the toxic gas is "non-violent", has no taste, no smell, is non
irritating, and can easily be accessed - usually by way of vehicle exhaust or gas oven.
Compared to other methods of suicide, death by carbon monoxide may seem like a physically clean way to leave
However, behind each suicide attempt is an amount mental and emotional distress than cannot be described. There
is no way to know the circumstances each victim experiences as they come to the point where they are willing to
take their life.
All suicide attempts can be seen as a cry for help and a very real effort to end personal suffering - even at
the cost of one's life.
Each year there are several million attempted suicides of all kinds worldwide. A relatively small percentage of
attempted suicides result in death, the majority do not.
The United States, with under 5% of the worlds population, averages 750,000 suicide attempts and 32,000 suicides
Most attempted suicides are aborted, thwarted or go awry, in many cases leaving the victim [seriously] injured
and physically harmed.
Injured carbon monoxide suicide survivors are a unique kind of survivor. If they are to begin a new life they
must overcome two obstacles, a potentially serious carbon monoxide injury as well as the conditions that lead them
to attempt carbon monoxide suicide.
As different as these two obstacles may seem, they may in fact be more related than they appear.
For every suicide attempt there is an individual with their own set of conditions and circumstances. What they
usually have in common is that they can no longer bare to endure the way they feel.
All to often depression, despair, and the emotions that lead to suicide are viewed as being psychological in
origin. There is no shortage of advice like "give your head a shake...", "just snap out of it...", "appreciate what
you've got...", and "get on with your life...".
However, it is [slowly] becoming more known that the dark world of depression and feelings that lead to suicide
can come from a brain that is not functioning properly. Physical injury, toxicity, as well as emotional
stress/trauma can seriously affect healthy brain functioning.
A healthy brain creates a healthy life. The connection between the two is much more significant
than most people realize. There are also far more things than can affect healthy brain functioning than most people
One or more seemly minor bangs to the head, one or more concussions, psychological trauma, toxicity, intense stress, prolonged periods of stress, or a
nutritionally lacking diet can add up to a brain that is unable to function in a balanced way.
Several of these "incidents" layered on top of one another can [seriously] impact healthy brain functioning and a persons life. Tragically,
this is not widely known.
Usually the person contemplating suicide (as well as those close to them) are not aware that their very
thoughts, feelings and behavior are being [heavily] influenced and controlled by an "unhappy brain."
Many with deep depression and the emotions that lead to suicide carry a heavy psychological burden. They feel
they are "messed up", "broken" and can no longer endure when in fact their brain is not functioning properly.
Few people understand just how significantly healthy brain functioning can be impacted by life's "incidents".
Many problems labelled psychological in origin may actually be brain functioning issues.
Two steps to change your brain - for the good
1) Help balance neurochemistry and cellular functioning by giving your brain and body what it needs
to work better
2) Help balance brain functioning with brainwave optimization
For carbon monoxide suicide attempt survivors
Information for suicide attempt suvivors and their families
Survivors of suicide fact sheet
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