Poor Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Worth Kill

Poor self-esteem is huge as a cause of death. I would even go so far as to say that it is a, if not the, leading cause of death in our country. Poor self-esteem is ubiquitous, it is multi-faceted and complex, it is legion in its presentation (in general and in any given individual), and it is contagious. While it is a difficult problem to counter, we should not shy away from the attempt. Lives are at stake.

Drug use and abuse are often at their root poor self-esteem. Individuals self-medicate the problem and compound it with their use and abuse of drugs (and I, as always, include alcohol when referring to drug use and abuse). Often that same use and abuse further erode an individual’s self-esteem. That often complicates decisions about which came first, but not addressing it as well makes successful treatment less likely.

Violence against others, both specific and indiscriminate, is often easy to trace back to poor self-esteem. Feeling powerless, an individual strikes out to gain or express their need for power. Feeling trapped, cornered, they strike out. Not seeing value in themselves, it difficult to value others.

Bullying, in all its forms, is both a result of poor-self-esteem and a contributing factor to poor self-esteem in victims of bullying. Along with that, the bullied at times become the bully. Successful interventions in both the bully and the bullied require addressing self-esteem issues.

One of the great pains that drive an individual to take their own life is a lack of self-value, self-worth. The pain becomes too great to bear and they choose to deliver themselves from it by dying by suicide, leaving this painful place.

While poor self-esteem can be very difficult to counter in individuals, it is still necessary that we as a community act to intervene. This is a critical community health issue. Because it is multi-factorial in origin and multi-faceted in its nature, interventions must be multi-faceted and repeated in application. Resilience and life-skills must be reinforced at home, in school, and in other life situations (e.g. the media, TV, and movies). We mustn’t shy from the challenge, lives depend upon it.

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    Hi,
    I have a question about a hospital death. My mother was in the hospital and she seemed to be getting worse but the doctors never said what her problems were, they told me she had Parkinson's, but she had that for some years and she controlled it well. I noticed that one day her oxygen was turned off, the doctor said maybe someone was weemning her off of the O2, I asked him why no one was in the room while that might have been going on?, Another day her thermostat was turned to 60, it was freezing in the room. About that time they had stopped giving her water or food....I tried to push the doctors to say what was going on, they told me they were giving her comfort and care...later I found out that was another was of basically killing her.
    One day I came in early and the nurse threw me out saying they had something they had to do...1/2 hour lated my mom was dead. The worst part was if we had known their intentions we would have removed the resusitate order. My sister said she wanted an autopsy but they said they would need my father's OK, (even though my sister was the POA) so he said sure, and that he wanted to talk with the pathologist first (my father is also a pathologist) the hospital said no, so my father gave instruction to save blood. The preliminary autopsy came back and the 1st year resident said he didn't even draw blood.
    We were able to draw viscel fluid for testing, still waiting for the result. What do you think of an autopsy without examination of blood? My father feels it's malpractice, but he seems so upset by these events I wanted to know what you make of all this.
    Thank you for any information you can offer.

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