Gun suicides rise to highest level in 40 years

Suicide is an impulsive act. Half of suicide survivors report planning their deaths for less than ten minutes. States like Connecticut that have passed background check laws for handguns have seen precipitous drops in firearm suicides, and states with more lax gun laws experience higher gun mortality of all types. States that have repealed background checks for handguns saw increases in firearm suicides.

The most gun-suicidal populations are older white men and veterans. Guns are only used in a small minority of suicide attempts, but half of all successful suicides are firearm suicides.

By Cory Doctorow at boingboing.net

The terrorist inside Robin Williams’ brain

The terrorist inside Robin Williams’ brain

Robin Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider Williams, describes his losing struggle with a terrible brain disease.

Just before he took his own life, Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. After his death, he was diagnosed with Lewy body disease, a gruesome condition whose symptoms include overwhelming fear and anxiety, memory loss, and an array of physical complaints.

“Robin was losing his mind and he was aware of it,” says his widow.