Mr. Stark, you may be correct for a good number of patients. I'm not one of them. I've been through every program one could imagine, including several rehab centers as well as several pain clinics.
After seeing nearly 20 different Drs of various specialties (including more than one of each you listed) over the last several years not a one can help me an iota. They will readily admit as much.
So, medicine is not always the answer. Some of us will suffer to such an extent that we live each day just to survive it....to get it over with. If I am cursed with a long life I have 40 more years of this. I can't even think past a few hours in my state.
Sanathara: Have you walked a mile in your neighbor's moccasins? I am not weak minded. I can be accused of many things, but nobody I know would accuse me of that. Yet I promise you that there is a level of pain then will break even the strongest of minds and wills. You haven't experienced it yet, and I hope you never do.
Unfotunately our lives are not completely our own. We have responsibilites to family. I can't take my pain and dump it on them through suicide.
And of course many will not care about this one, but we owe our God everything regardless of life's outcome. He has ceated us and given us everything from our talents to our possessions to our loved ones. He has also bought us for a most terrible price. Even though I loathe my existence, taking my life would be as much murder as if I killed my neighbor.