By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press Writer
PITTSBURGH - Vicki Van Meter, celebrated for piloting a plane across the country at age 11 and from the U.S. to Europe at age 12, has died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Crawford County coroner said. She was 26.
Van Meter died Saturday and her body was found in her Meadville home on Sunday.
Her brother said she battled depression and opposed medication, but her family thought she had been dealing with her problems.
Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide in America, and probably throughout the world. If you are feeling depressed for a long period of time, you CANNOT snap out of it naturally, you must seek treatment. You can be helped, but you must seek treatment.
There is no need to be ashamed if you suffer from depression - or indeed any mental disorder. Simply seek treatment. Take medication. You may need to do controlled experiments to ensure that your dosage is the proper one, but once you've found that...your life will turn around.
Here is an article on her 1994 flight.