This article written by Julie A. Fast is one of the best articles on the web on the topic of suicide in severe mental illness. Ms. Fast is an expert in educating the public on Bipolar Disorder.
…About Ms. Fast’s comment about why and how she escaped death in the moment of crisis: It must be noted that the writer had awareness of what was happening to her when her brain was telling her to kill herself. If she had been neurologically disconnected from reality (an exacerbated state of psychosis – i.e. abnormal state of consciousness) at that time, it is unlikely that she would have been able to save herself. Whether the writer is aware that insight is required in order to carry out a self-rescue plan is not suggested by her commentary.
This article also supports the position of DueJusticeProject that ‘mental illness’ is a misleading term. Disorders with symptoms that are caused by abnormal electrochemical conditions of the brain should probably be renamed – with better descriptors for their symptom complexes. In the case of celebrity deaths, the media reliably uses the same repertoire of expressions…”struggled with mental illness”, “battled demons”, “troubled”, etc. All of these expressions are associated with psychological angst, or psychological difficulties. This superb article by Ms. Fast seeks to enlighten the populace to understand that these types of suicides have nothing to do with angst or situational depression, i.e. psychological struggles.