Debunking The Holiday Suicide Myth

December 6, 2014 1:49 PM

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If you believe that more people die by suicide over the holidays, you’re buying into a long-perpetuated myth. Suicide rates are actually the lowest in December and rise in the spring and fall, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Myths like this can create an almost self-fulfilling prophecy that the holidays are supposed to be a hard time,” says Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State University, Los Angeles, with a private practice in Santa Monica. The myth is dangerous “because suggestibility c...

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