Suicide, which is both a Stereotypic yet highly individualized act, is a common endpoint for many paticnts with severe psychiatric illness. The mood disorders (depression and bipolar manicdepression) are by far the most common psychiatric conditions associated with suicide. At least 25% to 50% of paticnts with bipolar disorder also attempt suicide at least once. With the exception of lithium-which is the most demonstrably effective treatment against suicide-remarkably little is known about specific contributions of mood-altering treatments to minimizing mortality rates in persons with major mood disorders in general and bipolar depression in particular. Suicide is usually a manifestation of severe psychiatric distress that is often associated with a diagnosable and treatable form of depression or other mental illness. In a clinical setting, an assessment of suicidal risk must precede any attempt to treat psychiatric illness.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychiatry|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health