Franklin James Cook

High Mortality Found in 1st Year Post-Attempt

In Intervention, Research on November 19, 2008 at 8:14 pm

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT — A news release from the online version of the British Medical Journal announces a study showing that “men and women who have tried to kill themselves and are suffering from unipolar disorder (major depression), bipolar disorder (manic depression) or schizophrenia are at a very high risk of committing suicide within a year of their first attempt.”

This is the first time research has identified a link between specific psychiatric disorders and increased suicide risk in such a large study of people [40,000] who have attempted suicide … The authors found that … in patients suffering from unipolar/bipolar disorder, 64% of all suicides in men and 42% of suicides in women occurred within the first year of follow-up; the matching figures for schizophrenia were 56% in men and 54% in women.

The authors call for patients who have unipolar/bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and previous suicidal behaviour to be given more intensive after-care, especially in the first few years after trying to kill themselves.

Here is the full online report from bmj.com.

[The abridged URL for this post is http://tinyurl.com/HighMortality.]

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