I think we can all agree that soldiers coming back from war have the potential for some serious Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, yes?
Here’s an article that says soldiers with diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are two times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
Here’s another article that says adopted teens are FOUR times more likely to attempt suicide than the average person in the same age cohort.
I know comparing attempts vs. successful suicides is a little “apples vs. oranges” – but even if only half the soldiers attempts were successful and both adoptees and soldiers with PTSD have similar attempt rates, that still says a lot. (And I’m guessing a soldier is more likely to succeed at his attempts than a teen girl, making the above stats more comparable.)
So, tell me again that adoption isn’t traumatic? That we’re all just a big bunch of whiners? Do you think the soldiers are a big bunch of whiners?