A rational approach to rational suicide

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1992 Spring;22(1):130-41.


Suicide is a reaction to internal and external sources of stress and the impact of life events. In the elderly these situations are prevalent in many who are not suicidal and instead choose life. They represent what may be called rational nonsuicide. They are far more frequent than rational suicide. Nevertheless, considerably more is written about rational suicide than its alternative. The reasons for this phenomenon are reviewed, and suggestions are made for a rational approach to the affirmation of life rather than its rejection, even to the very end.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Euthanasia / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Risk Factors
  • Suicide / psychology*