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In Midlife, Boomers Are Happy and Suicidal
NY Times ^ | June 11, 2010 | PATRICIA COHEN

Posted on 06/18/2010 4:05:56 PM PDT by neverdem

If you are suddenly feeling confused about whether to greet middle age with open arms or dread, it is understandable. In recent weeks, researchers reported that Americans in midlife are a remarkably contented lot, and that they also have the highest rate of suicide.

So what is going on? Is middle age the best of times or the worst?

First, the positive side of the ledger. A new study of a Gallup telephone poll that essentially took a snapshot of how more than 340,000 respondents felt on a particular day...

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Myrna Weissman, an epidemiologist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, offers a more intriguing theory. She believes that the baby boom generation has a higher incidence of depression than previous ones. Dr. Weissman, who first published her theory more than 20 years ago, said, “We did predict in 1989 that there could be an increase in suicide attempts and suicide as that cohort, which was showing very high rates of depression, aged.”

Asked why boomers would be particularly vulnerable, Dr. Weissman speculated: “That’s a cohort that came to maturity when there were great social changes, more instability, more divorce and separation, more moves, an increase in drug use, and war.” As for those happy midlifers? “They’re different people,” she said with a laugh, “less vulnerable and subjected less to these adverse life effects.”

Dr. Eric C. Caine, co-director at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center, agreed that the postwar generation was big enough to contain the happiest and the most desperate.

“Both can be true,” he said. “You can argue that at this time of life there is a lot of satisfaction, but this population is so large, you can still find those who don’t fit that profile.”...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; boomers; health; suicide

1 posted on 06/18/2010 4:05:56 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Happy not to be one, but you know this is all bull shite.


2 posted on 06/18/2010 4:12:45 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: neverdem

I just don’t pay attention to anyone who has anything to say about suicide anymore, because they’re all full of crap.


3 posted on 06/18/2010 4:13:06 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: neverdem

The explanation is simple.. UNION WORKER=:) NON-UNION WORKER=:( ===[ ]= BOOOM!


4 posted on 06/18/2010 4:15:36 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: neverdem

“If you’re happy and you know it, slit your wrist..” {clap, clap, clap}


5 posted on 06/18/2010 4:15:55 PM PDT by MissTed (I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger.. Then it hit me.)
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To: neverdem

I thought more about suicide as a teenager then during middle age. ;-)


6 posted on 06/18/2010 4:16:24 PM PDT by doc1019 (Rush, Beck and others are giving us the dots; it is up to us to connect them.)
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To: neverdem
As what might be called a 'boomer' I'd like to add my two cents worth about the reasons for this particular article.

I don't think it is anything at all to do with divorce, personal social changes, etc. I think the root of it is them (us) seeing the striking fundamental change in our (once) society into a mishmash melting pot of inclusionism, preference, non-assimilation (except for assimilating into our social welfare and benefit programs), and general new generation's penchant for falling for age-old socialist bullshit from slick talkers like our Muslim/Kenyan President

You only need to stop and talk to a nose-ringed, pink/blue/purple haired person and ask them what they want,feel, desire to find that out. You need only to actually stand behind a few of the WalMart aisles any day of the week to see the welfare queens (perfectly dressed and clothed) flashing and using their EBT cars or the WICs certificates to garner all the free junk food. You only need to physically go to a social security office and marvel at the lack of traditional 'greyhairs' filing for their pensions to be replaced by foreign 'citizens' there figuring out the rules of how to get their parents on SS in the minimum number of quarters. You need only.......there are hundreds of other examples. It isn't the boomers, it isn't even the greatest generation. It is the result of a generous American culture established in the mistaken belief that all who come to its shores will see the true way and assimilate. They are not.

7 posted on 06/18/2010 4:17:57 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: neverdem
"In Midlife, Boomers Are Happy — and Suicidal"

One or the other folks....can't have it both ways. Unless of course they're stating all boomers are bi-polar.

8 posted on 06/18/2010 4:20:20 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Palin/West for 2012!)
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To: neverdem

I intend to live to 100. And I also intend to rip off the gov’t of every penny I can after I retire. I also intend to die owing a whole lot of taxes that can’t be paid. I will be in Jesus’ land and having a glass of wine and a laugh.


9 posted on 06/18/2010 4:24:14 PM PDT by BobS
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To: neverdem

it is easy to understand why anyone would want to kill themselves at midlife. We just keep getting uglier. LOL. I kid. I kid. Self care and spirituality etc become very critical at this juncture (at least for me). The only hope is either enjoy and don’t care, take much better care of oneself, and or find a God that is not you and if it is then bring on the challenge!


10 posted on 06/18/2010 4:29:30 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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11 posted on 06/18/2010 4:30:28 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Aren’t most boomers about 10-15 years passed midlife at this point? The oldest boomers are now around 64.


12 posted on 06/18/2010 4:31:44 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: neverdem

Here is my bold assesment of boomers. Many are happy, many are just ok, others are slightly unhappy but do allright, and then there are those that are plain unhappy. Finally, there are a certain number who are very unhappy and suicidal.


13 posted on 06/18/2010 4:33:04 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (In the White House the mighty White House the Liar sleeps tonight.............)
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To: neverdem

“Asked why boomers would be particularly vulnerable, Dr. Weissman speculated: “That’s a cohort that came to maturity when there were great social changes, more instability, more divorce and separation, more moves, an increase in drug use, and war.” As for those happy midlifers? “They’re different people,” she said with a laugh, “less vulnerable and subjected less to these adverse life effects.” “

SOCIAL CHANGE. Once again, unintended consequences of the liberal agenda.


14 posted on 06/18/2010 4:33:43 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Obama neither leads, follows nor gets out of the way.)
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To: neverdem
Advice for baby boomers: don't commit suicide, just listen to the hardcore band Every Time I Die.
15 posted on 06/18/2010 4:37:35 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: neverdem
Click here.

You'll figure it out...

Cheers!

16 posted on 06/18/2010 4:38:04 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: neverdem

Maybe they are blowing their brains out because they see the SOB in the White House destroying the country. After all, that is very depressing because no one in the government will do anything about it!!


17 posted on 06/18/2010 4:40:02 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: taillightchaser
Maybe they are blowing their brains out because they see the SOB in the White House destroying the country.

Now if they were good sports, they'd use the LAST round for themselves....

18 posted on 06/18/2010 4:58:07 PM PDT by Gorzaloon (CNN:AP:etc:Today, President Obama's stool was firm and well-formed. One end was slightly pointed. ")
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To: neverdem

Baby boomers were raised with a recipe for unhappiness.

To start with, they were told they were better, smarter, and more capable than those who lived before them. That their possibilities were endless. That their wishes would come true, and that satisfaction and life fulfillment were theirs for the asking.

Then they were raised in a time of both real prosperity, and prosperity borrowed from the future. Thus they reveled in materialism, while cursing it; felt deep spirituality, while spurning religion; proclaimed their moral superiority, while delving into progressively deep perversity; and strove for healthy living by taking legal and illegal drugs of every variety, and engaging in other profoundly unhealthy behaviors.

And suddenly, they are no longer the children they always wanted to remain. Reality rears its ugly head and casts its cold stare in their direction. The fantasies of their youth are exposed as lies and dross.

And the future they borrowed from is calling the debt before it can be passed on to other generations.

They may feel great because they got what they want. But they also can tell that it’s not going to last.


19 posted on 06/18/2010 4:59:20 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Two New Episodes of 'Futurama', this June 24th, on Comedy Central)
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To: Gaffer

As a Boomer born in 1951, I am exceedingly happy with what I have reaped from the previous five decades of life—not necessarily monetarily, but in the areas of family, relationships, spirituality, and rewarding work experiences. However, I find that in terms of our country and culture, it appears that wrong is now right and up is now down. The best word to describe it is NOT “suicidal,” but “GRIEF”—grief at what has been lost. It’s a feeling of “we can never go back.” It’s great sadness coupled with overwhelming blessing—if that makes sense.


20 posted on 06/18/2010 5:05:36 PM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: Clemenza

I’m 63.

I think the peak in Boomers is 12-15 years or so behind me.


21 posted on 06/18/2010 5:20:42 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: 1951Boomer

INDEED.

GRIEVING has been a familiar feeling for months . . . for people, for our grand land . . . for the world.


22 posted on 06/18/2010 5:23:25 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: neverdem

thx thx


23 posted on 06/18/2010 5:25:40 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: neverdem

In one week I heard my mother-in-law talk about horrible it is to get older and how you can’t do anything you could when you were younger, and heard of some guy named Dr. Oz who said sex was no good after 40. I was wondering if I should off myself at 40. Thankfully, I come from a very active lot of family who live their life to the fullest at 60 or 90.


24 posted on 06/18/2010 5:32:07 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
But they also can tell that it’s not going to last.

As a boomer who was born in 1955, and grew up more like a gen-xer, (lots of day care, two parents working etc), I think this hits it on the head.

I remember seeing on the news how in the future SS won't be solvent x years in the future. This was in the seventies. WE KNEW WHAT WAS COMING, BUT LOOKED THE OTHER WAY. The whole nation did this!!!

I think the horror of what is coming is frightening many.

25 posted on 06/18/2010 5:36:29 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: neverdem
There was an article several years back about ACCIDENTS and baby boomers, and that they couldn't figure out as yet if the very high rate of fatal accidents was the result of exceptionally daring adventurous lifestyles, or if the huge number of fatal accidents was actually indicative of a high number of intentional suicides.

I couldn't find that article, but I did come across this:

Study: Middle-Age Whites Driving Up U.S. Suicide Rate --------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2111082/posts

26 posted on 06/18/2010 5:59:03 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: neverdem
Asked why boomers would be particularly vulnerable, Dr. Weissman speculated: “That’s a cohort that came to maturity when there were great social changes, more instability, more divorce and separation, more moves, an increase in drug use, and war.” As for those happy midlifers? “They’re different people,” she said with a laugh, “less vulnerable and subjected less to these adverse life effects.”

It is NOT what happened, it IS how you respond.

Suicide versus happy is about how you respond to the same life experiencxes.

Successful people versus unsuccessful people, at the task of happy living.

27 posted on 06/18/2010 6:10:33 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: hennie pennie

Thanks for the link.


28 posted on 06/18/2010 6:28:44 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Baby boomers make up a substantial portion of the people at fault for the parlous state of this nation - so I can’t say I’m too upset about anything that helps to reduce the numbers of that misbegotten generation sooner rather than later.


29 posted on 06/18/2010 6:31:15 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: NoGrayZone

I think it’s immaturity and inflated expectations.


30 posted on 06/19/2010 12:21:19 AM PDT by des
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