Suicidality and SSRIs: An Update Just when we thought we could finally dismiss the notion that SSRIs cause suicidal ideation, along came the Brits! On June 10, 2003, ...
Psychopharmacological Treatment to Reduce Suicide Risk Suicide may be the culmination of a complex combination of psychological, biological, social, and cultural factors, and it is particularly likely to occur during periods of individual, family, and socioeconomic crises associated with loss and shame.
National Suicide Prevention Week—Tools and Resources To Reduce Suicide Risk According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide rates in the US increased in 2009 (the most recent year for which data are available), disrupting the recent trend of stable or decreasing suicide rates. The new annual suicide rate of 12.0 per 100,000 people translates into 100.8 suicides per day and 1 suicide every 14.3 minutes. Here you will find tools and tips to help identify patients at risk.
The Duty to Protect: When Has it Been Discharged? Here, the author presents the case of Mr P, a 40-year-old man with bipolar disorder and substance use disorder, including the patient's symptomatology, treatment subsequent to hospitalization, concerns for risk upon release, and the outcome.
Managing Suicide Risk in Borderline Personality Disorder Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are often high users of health care and may present with multiple crises and minor incidents of self-harm or threats.1As with the boy who cried wolf, inpatient consultants and health care providers may end up feeling manipulated and may not take suicide risk very seriously.
Returning Veterans With Addictions Members of the military returning from combat operations have high rates of substance abuse. They also often exhibit a co-occurring triad of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and pain, which complicates the problems with substance abuse.
Suicide: Psychache and Alienation Psychache (sīk-āk), a neologism coined by suicidologist Edwin Shneidman,1 is unbearable psychological pain—hurt, anguish, soreness, and aching. Shneidman theorized that unresolved psychache results in suicidal behavior.
Crime in the Military—Madness, Badness, and Survival On October 17, 2010, a 20-year-old Army private deployed to Afghanistan shot and killed a captured Taliban soldier he had arranged to guard.1 After his arrest, he was taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation. Controversy ensued: was he a criminal or mentally ill? Was he feigning madness to elude punishment?