Soundings

A will to live

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.457 (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:457
  1. Ian Robertson

    Those who try but fail to kill themselves are often glad that they survived -- I have met many such people myself. The wish to die is usually incubated in an abnormal state of mind, sometimes befuddled by drink or drugs, and usually clouded by a depression which distorts thinking and sucks the sense of meaning from life. These abnormal mental states are, however, in most cases temporary, the product of crises from which the person can see no way out. As the frame of mind changes, so does the will to …

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