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U.S. Suicide Rates are On the Rise 

An article in the “Health and Science” section of the Washington Post reports that suicide rates in the United States have risen 24 percent between 1999 and 2014 to 13 suicides per 100,000 people. The biggest increase has been found in middle-aged white people, particularly women.

There are of course several factors in the increase of suicide rates, but the primary factors are substance abuse, “gray divorce” and the rise in social media and the Internet. Economic stress also seems to be a factor as this increase also coincides with the recent recession.

The suicide rate among girls between the ages of five and 15 years old has also been increasing. Suicide within this population was a rare phenomenon before 1999, but suicide rates among young girls tripled between 1999 and 2014, with one suicide for every 6,660 girls.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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