Monthly Archives: January 2015

Substance Abuse and Suicide

A recent study published in the Nov. 26 issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Cocaine users twice as likely to become suicidal, that followed users of injectable drugs over a seven-year period found that “users of cocaine and amphetamines were roughly twice as likely to attempt suicide than users of opiates, sedative-hypnotics, cannabis and alcohol.” […]
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All Aboard the “Suicide Train” Alarming Suicide Rate among Young Latinas

At a recent panel discussion held in Brooklyn, NY, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stated that “too many of our young Latinas across the county are contemplating and attempting suicide.” The panel discussion was prompted by an alarming rate of teenage Latinas in Brooklyn attempting suicide in 2013: 16.4%; a sizeable increase from 11.6% in 2011. […]
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Patient Suicide and the Toll on Clinicians

Interesting article dated 12/31/14 that appeared in Psychiatric Times about suicide and the impact on clinicians. Noting that “patient suicide is now recognized as an occupational hazard for psychiatrists”, the following eight common themes based on several interviews were reported: Traumatic responses: dissociation, traumatic intrusion, avoidance, somatic symptoms participants associated with the suicide, and dreams […]
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Epitome of Suicide by Cop

Just this past Sunday, January 5, 2015, a 32-year old man “arranged” his death at the hands of San Francisco police officers. It was “suicide by cop” as could be ascertained by a note left behind that was released by his father: Officers shot Matthew Hoffman, 32, Sunday evening after he entered a restricted parking […]
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Polysemy & Semantics in Psychology & Law

Federal prosecutors announced on January 3, 2015 that John Hinckley will not face new charges in the death last summer of President Reagan’s former press secretary, James Brady.  Going back to 1981, Hinckley was charged with the shootings of Reagan, Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a police officer. As a “matter of law”, Hinckley is […]
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Spam Victim Behavior Research

We all know what spam is. Taking a closer look: “Spam” is unsolicited email sent in massive quantities simultaneously to numerous users, generally trying to advertise or publicize certain products or services. This junk mail is also often used as a bridgehead for other types of cyber-crime, such as phishing or email scams. http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/security-info/cybercrime/spam/ There […]
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