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Antidepressants are of questionable benefit in teenage suicide cases
There has been much controversy in recent years regarding the correlation between teenage suicide and the use of antidepressant drugs. At an FDA meeting reviewing this topic, the majority of clinical trials examined did not show that the drugs were effective in treating depression in children and adolescents.
Sep 14, 2006, 17:01
Cancer survivors at risk for suicidal thoughts
A survey of adult survivors of childhood cancers found that more than one out of eight reported having suicidal thoughts or previous attempts to take their lives many years after they were treated, say scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The suicidal symptoms were reported by more than 12 percent –- a greater proportion than had been expected -- of patients seen at a clinic providing care for adult cancer survivors, the researchers write in the August 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings should prompt providers at survivor clinics to consider the interaction of physical and emotional factors in their follow-up evaluations of patients, they said.
Aug 19, 2006, 17:42
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) reduced suicide attempts by half - Study
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) reduced suicide attempts by half compared with other types of psychotherapy available in the community in patients with borderline personality disorder, an NIMH-funded study has found. DBT also excelled at reducing use of emergency room and inpatient services and more than halved therapy dropout rates compared to the mostly traditional approaches, report Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., University of Washington, and colleagues in the July 2006 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.
Jul 10, 2006, 20:57
Oldest Description of Suicidal Thoughts found in an Egyptian Poem
Analysis of an ancient Egyptian poem by a psychiatrist and an Egyptologist shows that it describes the psychopathology of suicide with great accuracy. Dispute over Suicide was a poem written by an unnamed Egyptian writer between 2000 and 1740 BC on papyrus in hieroglyphics.
Jul 10, 2006, 20:38
Babies born in spring may face suicide risk
Babies born in spring may have increasing risk of committing suicide, British researchers have found in a new study that links personality disorders to months in which people are born.
May 2, 2006, 23:02
Children of men with stressful jobs face suicide risk
The children of men with stressful jobs are at a higher risk of attempting suicide than others, says a study.
Mar 27, 2006, 12:39
Grieving parents at higher suicide risk
Bereaved parents who have cared for their dying child could be at higher risk of suicide and need care, according to research. Little research has been done on suicide rates for such parents, according to two papers published in this week's British Medical Journal.
Mar 19, 2006, 20:12
Suicide: Practice and Perfection
In a groundbreaking theory outlined in his new book, "Why People Die By Suicide," (Harvard University Press), Joiner says that those who kill themselves not only want to die, they have learned to overcome the instinct for self-preservation.
Jan 12, 2006, 05:54
Anxiety Disorders Increase Risk Of Suicide
A pre-existing anxiety disorder significantly increases the risk of a subsequent onset of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, according to a study in the November issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Nov 8, 2005, 17:39
Substantial underrecognition of mental illness in emergency departments following self harm
Young people visiting an emergency department following an episode of deliberate self-harm are diagnosed with a mental disorder about half the time, according to a study in the October issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Oct 6, 2005, 21:04
Poorest people are at Highest risk of Suicide
The more socio-economic disadvantages a person suffers, the higher the risk of suicide, according to a new European comparative study.
Jul 5, 2005, 22:23
Schizophrenia and suicide: systematic review of risk factors.
The most comprehensive review of the international evidence to date on suicide in schizophrenia has found that the key risk factors are: depression, previous suicide attempts, drug misuse, agitation or restlessness, fear of mental disintegration, poor compliance with treatment and recent loss.
Jul 5, 2005, 22:23
Potential role of close friends in preventing suicide - study
The British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) has reported research showing that close friends and relatives play a key role in determining whether or not suicidal people seek help from their GP.
Jun 24, 2005, 19:57
Suicide Risk Increases after Spousal Suicide
Women whose partner had first been admitted to a psychiatric unit within the preceding two years were almost seven times as likely to commit suicide as women with partners whose mental health was good.
Apr 15, 2005, 16:25
Risk factors for attempted suicide in depressed psychiatric patients
Suicide attempts among psychiatric patients with major depression are strongly associated with the presence and severity of depressive symptoms, and are predicted by the lack of a partner, previous suicide attempts and time spent in depression.
Apr 6, 2005, 18:32
Surprising rate of hidden suicidality among people attending A & E Departments
There was a surprising rate of hidden suicidality among those attending a hospital Accident and Emergency department for non-psychiatric reasons, a new study has found.
Apr 6, 2005, 18:32
HIV-positive Women are more likely to Attempt Suicide
Women who are HIV-positive or are abused are more likely to think about or attempt suicide, according to a new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, George Washington University and St. Michael’s Hospital, in Toronto, Canada. The Hopkins study, consistent with previous research, sheds new light on the extent to which being in an abusive relationship compounds suicide risk for HIV-positive women in particular.
Mar 23, 2005, 00:17
Suicidal behaviour caused by antidepressants 'cannot be ruled out'
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressant, yet concerns have arisen that these drugs may induce or worsen suicidal feelings in vulnerable patients. Three studies published in this issue of BMJ shed new light on the benefits and harms of these drugs.
Feb 18, 2005, 17:28
SSRIs Cannot Be Blamed For Increased Suicide Rates, a new study shows
Challenging recent claims linking antidepressant use to suicidal behavior, a new study at University Of California, Los Angeles,(UCLA)shows that American suicide rates have dropped steadily since the introduction of Prozac and other serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs.In research published Feb. 1 in the journal Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, the authors caution that regulatory actions to limit SSRI prescriptions may actually increase death rates from untreated depression, the No. 1 cause of suicide.
Feb 8, 2005, 09:40
First case-control study to investigate the relevance of criminal history, psychiatric problems and social integration to suicide in prison
All staff should take suicidal behaviour seriously in custodial institutions, according to a new study published in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Suicide rates in prisons exceed the rates in the general population worldwide. Risk factors include long sentences after highly violent crimes, overcrowding, isolation, psychiatric disorders and alcohol and drug misuse. Evidence for suicidal behaviour as a predictor of suicide in prison has been conflicting until now.
Dec 5, 2004, 06:15
New australian study shown that social and economic disadvantage cause mental disorders and suicide attempts
Findings from a new study from Australia suggest that mental disorders and suicide attempts are caused by social factors. There is a need for social and economic responses beyond provision of mental health services.
Currently, responses to mental disorders usually focus on diagnosis and treatment; socio-economic conditions are less likely to be considered.
Dec 2, 2004, 06:07
Suicidal thoughts, but not suicide, more common among women
One in 38 women and one in 50 men in Britain develop suicidal thoughts each year. But less then one in 200 of these people kill themselves, according to new work published in the November issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry. The research was carried out by the Office of National Statistics and the University of Bristol.
Surprisingly, whilst more men commit suicide than women, suicidal thoughts are more common in women. The authors comment that possible reasons for the sex-differences in the incidence of suicidal thoughts and suicide may be the differing patterns of help-seeking in men and women or use of more lethal methods by men.
Nov 2, 2004, 15:14
Is suicide contagious? New study suggests imitative suicide occurs among mentally ill
A new study has provided indirect evidence that imitative suicide occurs among mentally ill populations, and may account for 10% of suicides by current and recent patients.
Jul 25, 2004, 23:00
Deliberate self-harm among elderly indicates high suicide intent
The majority of elderly people who deliberately harmed themselves had high suicide intent, according to a new case control study.
Jul 14, 2004, 23:15