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    You can die simply by giving up the will to live, says new research.

    1. Give-up-itis or psychogenic death is a real and terrible condition, finds new research.
    2. People can die in as few as three days after a major trauma causes them to give up on life.
    3. There are 5 stages of give-up-itis.

    Can you die simply by giving up the will to live? Yes, concludes a new study, led by Dr. John Leach from the University of Portsmouth in the UK. The first-of-its-kind study looked at the phenomenon of "give-up-itis" - a word used for what is medically known as "psychogenic death".

    How is this possible? The research says "give-up-itis" can be catalyzed by a trauma that seems inescapable, with death appearing as a rational and inevitable thing to do. Without an interference, death can happen in as little as three days after the initial withdrawal from life.



    What's important to note about this condition is that it's not the same as suicide.

    The doctor thinks give-up-itis could be caused by a change in the anterior cingulate circuit – a frontal-subcortical circuit of the brain, which controls motivation and the person's goal-oriented behavior.

    But death does not have to be inevitable even if you fall victim to "give-up-itis". Different interventions like physical activity that can give the person some sense of regaining choice and control can break the terrible cycle by releasing dopamine.

    Dr. Leach identified five stages of progressing psychological decline leading to death:

    1. Social withdrawal - this usually follows a psychological trauma and can be considered a way of coping, according to Dr. Leach. This very passive state is marked by withdrawal from social interaction, emotionlessness, indifference, and self-absorption. Former POWs are often in this state right after being captured.

    2. Apathy - a person in this state exhibits serious melancholy and lack of energy, as if they no longer wish to preserve themselves. This goes along with not putting forth efforts towards much of anything, especially bathing.

    3. Aboulia - this is when a person not only severely lacks motivation, but also has almost no emotional response to the point of no wanting to speak. The sufferer becomes extremely withdrawn into themselves and has no desire or ability to help themselves or others.

    Dr. Leach described aboulia as if having "an empty mind or a consciousness devoid of content." The mind essentially goes on stand-by.

    4. Psychic akinesia - this state is reached when a person is conscious but is in such profound apathy that even extreme pain like from getting hit will prompt no response. A person in psychic akinesia would not only not bathe but often just lie in their own waste, found the researchers.

    5. Psychogenic death - this final stage involves the person's complete giving up and subsequent disintegration. Dr.Leach said that someone who reached this stage "might be lying in their own excreta and nothing - no warning, no beating, no pleading can make them want to live."

    Prisoners in concentration camps were known to reach this last stage when they'd take out a hidden cigarette to smoke. As cigarettes were extremely valuable and could be traded for things like food, a person smoking one was regarded as having truly given up. Their death would usually follow within several days.

    Source: Bigthink.com
    “Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no-one is too poor to buy.” - C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

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    There was an extremely depressing point in my life when I simply gave up my will to live. My wife became frantic about my increasing state of lethargy, unnatural weight loss, and mental apathy. So I agreed to visit our family physician concerning this matter for her, because at the time I just didn't care anymore. I wasn't in his office very long when he expressed a very concerned expression, turned away from me and left me sitting alone in the exam room until a nurse informed me I could leave.

    My wife informed me soon after she returned home from work that our doctor had done something he didn't ordinarily do; he called her about my condition. He told her if she really loved me she should seek immediate psychiatric help for me, because there was nothing he could do for me, and I was not going to survive much longer without professional help.

    This was the beginning of a lengthy process of recovery for me as both an outpatient and an inpatient at several different mental health facilities where I was poked, prodded, interviewed, tested, medicated, and psychoanalyzed over the next several years until I was deemed healthy enough to return to my 'normal' life in the real world.

    I was still a physical mess at this point. I had gained fifty pounds due to having been virtually sedentary for several years due to my state of mind and the extensive range of psyche meds I had been prescribed. It took me about a year to regain my stamina and muscular physique. But I managed to do this. And I managed to survive this horrible nightmare because of the loving little darling I married.
    Aside from an ever increasing number of mortals who have willfully chosen to worship Satan and his minions, our battle has always been against the powers and principalities operating surreptitiously throughout this twisted world.

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    I've noticed cases of one elderly partner's death and then the other partner dying fairly soon afterwards (days, weeks, months). I wouldn't say it's necessarily what is described here but I think that loss of partner (especially when elderly and together so long) can lower the will to live on.

    I think psychological shock can induce major health problems.

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    [Some articles just have to throw in something like at the end. I wonder whose concentration camps they were referring to (Canada's and the USA's full of Japanese, or the 'victorious' allies in Europe purposefully starving captive German soldiers to death .... I suppose they didn't even have a cigarette at the end)]

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    Those people who makes suicides .... have giving up the will to live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    Those people who makes suicides .... have giving up the will to live.
    Not necessarily, FS. Suicides result from any number of reasons:

    1. Broken hearts due to loss of romantic love.

    2. Terminal illness.

    3. Loss of quality of life that can't be recovered due to sustained injuries, or health problems leading to blindness, for example.

    4. Infirmity due to age related disabilities.

    5. The loss of a loved one.

    There are numerous reasons for one to take their own life.
    Aside from an ever increasing number of mortals who have willfully chosen to worship Satan and his minions, our battle has always been against the powers and principalities operating surreptitiously throughout this twisted world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Lee Hunter View Post
    Not necessarily, FS. Suicides result from any number of reasons:

    1. Broken hearts due to loss of romantic love.

    2. Terminal illness.

    3. Loss of quality of life that can't be recovered due to sustained injuries, or health problems leading to blindness, for example.

    4. Infirmity due to age related disabilities.

    5. The loss of a loved one.

    There are numerous reasons for one to take their own life.
    And? In all of those cases, and maybe in some others ... if one ends on suicide ... he/she has lost the will to live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    And? In all of those cases, and maybe in some others ... if one ends on suicide ... he/she has lost the will to live.
    I suppose. Or out of desperation with no other viable alternative available.
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    It's crazy to think this can actually happen, but it can and does. The wife of one of our clients is going through the early stages of this after losing a family member. She had to be hospitalized because she wouldn't eat and was near catatonic.

    She's such a lovely woman and I'm not sure her husband could handle losing her. They are in their early 80s as it is. As of last week she was still in the hospital but she was doing a little better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    1. Give-up-itis or psychogenic death is a real and terrible condition, finds new research.
    2. People can die in as few as three days after a major trauma causes them to give up on life.
    3. There are 5 stages of give-up-itis.

    Can you die simply by giving up the will to live? Yes, concludes a new study, led by Dr. John Leach from the University of Portsmouth in the UK. The first-of-its-kind study looked at the phenomenon of "give-up-itis" - a word used for what is medically known as "psychogenic death".

    How is this possible? The research says "give-up-itis" can be catalyzed by a trauma that seems inescapable, with death appearing as a rational and inevitable thing to do. Without an interference, death can happen in as little as three days after the initial withdrawal from life.



    What's important to note about this condition is that it's not the same as suicide.

    The doctor thinks give-up-itis could be caused by a change in the anterior cingulate circuit – a frontal-subcortical circuit of the brain, which controls motivation and the person's goal-oriented behavior.

    But death does not have to be inevitable even if you fall victim to "give-up-itis". Different interventions like physical activity that can give the person some sense of regaining choice and control can break the terrible cycle by releasing dopamine.

    Dr. Leach identified five stages of progressing psychological decline leading to death:

    1. Social withdrawal - this usually follows a psychological trauma and can be considered a way of coping, according to Dr. Leach. This very passive state is marked by withdrawal from social interaction, emotionlessness, indifference, and self-absorption. Former POWs are often in this state right after being captured.

    2. Apathy - a person in this state exhibits serious melancholy and lack of energy, as if they no longer wish to preserve themselves. This goes along with not putting forth efforts towards much of anything, especially bathing.

    3. Aboulia - this is when a person not only severely lacks motivation, but also has almost no emotional response to the point of no wanting to speak. The sufferer becomes extremely withdrawn into themselves and has no desire or ability to help themselves or others.

    Dr. Leach described aboulia as if having "an empty mind or a consciousness devoid of content." The mind essentially goes on stand-by.

    4. Psychic akinesia - this state is reached when a person is conscious but is in such profound apathy that even extreme pain like from getting hit will prompt no response. A person in psychic akinesia would not only not bathe but often just lie in their own waste, found the researchers.

    5. Psychogenic death - this final stage involves the person's complete giving up and subsequent disintegration. Dr.Leach said that someone who reached this stage "might be lying in their own excreta and nothing - no warning, no beating, no pleading can make them want to live."

    Prisoners in concentration camps were known to reach this last stage when they'd take out a hidden cigarette to smoke. As cigarettes were extremely valuable and could be traded for things like food, a person smoking one was regarded as having truly given up. Their death would usually follow within several days.

    Source: Bigthink.com
    LoL! I have probably reached stage 3!

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