Me, my daughter and Sylvia Plath
March 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm (Statistics, Suicide)
Tags: Nicholas Hughes, statistic, Suicide, Sylvia Plath
Piggybacking on the sad story of Sylvia Plath's son's suicide, Christine Stapleton—a blogger at PsychCentral and columnist for the Palm Beach Post—wrote something interesting that caught my attention addressing whether suicide can run in genes:
Suicide is not hereditary – at least geneticists have not proved it. However, studies have shown that children whose mothers committed suicide are 7 times more likely to attempt suicide than children whose mothers do not. That statistic is why I am alive.
Maybe that statistic would help keep me alive too if I have kids.