No, ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ Are Not an Indication of Violence

“Several years ago, before receiving his pilot’s license, the co-pilot was in psychological treatment for a longer period for observable suicidal tendencies,” Dusseldorf prosecutors, who are leading the German investigation, said Monday. “Thereafter and until the end, medical consultations and periods of sick leave occurred, without suicidal tendencies or aggression toward others being certified.” …

“It is possible that Mr. Lubitz assumed that such a condition would be incompatible with his career as a commercial pilot,” Jagerman said. “I have known of highly motivated pilots or candidates who were mentally devastated by such news, and I can envision how someone prone to, for example, severe depression might take drastic action.”

I’m sorry, but what does an ophthalmologist know about depression or suicide?  This is just irresponsible reporting by Bloomberg.

Any revelations about his medical history may help shed light on Lubitz’s state of mind and whether he may have cracked under the realization that his failing health was jeopardizing his ambitions. Lubitz tore up doctors’ notes that declared him unfit to work, including on the day of the crash, suggesting he sought to hide his diagnosis from his employer and colleagues...

I’d like to think I know a thing or two about suicide, having almost done it myself.  And although I don’t suffer from depression, I hope I’ve learned enough about it to speak knowledgeably about this issue (unlike Dr. Jagerman).

And I’d just like to say that you can suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts while also suffering from other mental conditions.  I don’t know what the pilot’s aggression was all about, but depressed and suicidal people are usually not aggressive, especially toward others.

No one will be able to determine exactly why the German pilot decided to kill himself along with everyone else on the plane.  And I’m not a doctor, but if I had to guess, I would say that the poor man was delusional.  I think he had delusions of grandeur, which is something we’ve seen from other murderers who have killed themselves after killing others.  In these kinds of instances, the suicide was not about killing themselves, but about escaping the consequences of committing murder.

The pilot was out to prove something, maybe prove that he had courage… prove that he was a man.   I don’t know that much about delusions, but I do know that this tragedy has nothing to do with suicide. Just like the different articles I’ve posted about incidents of murder/suicide have nothing to do with suicide — suicide is about you, not anyone else.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255) or

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