Health News – Indicators of Suicidal Behaviour

imagesResearchers “looked especially at the characteristics and behaviours of those who had attempted suicide”, and found that “certain patterns recur” before attempts.They said the risk of an attempt was “at least 50% higher” if a depressed patient displayed:”risky behaviour” such as reckless driving or promiscuous behaviour”psychomotor agitation” such as pacing around rooms or wringing their handsimpulsivity – defined by the researchers as acting with “little or no forethought, reflection, or consideration of the consequences”

Dr Dina Popovic, one of the report’s authors, added: “We found that ‘depressive mixed states’ often preceded suicide attempts.”A depressive mixed state is where a patient is depressed, but also has symptoms of ‘excitation’, or mania.”Factors already established included people being very withdrawn or very anxious, he said. Other indictors are as follows:-

  1. Family History of Suicide
  2. Medical Conditions and Pain
  3. Relationship Between Environmental Stressors, Mental Disorders and Suicide Risk also effect numbers.
  4. Media coverage of suicide is connected to the increase—or decrease—in subsequent suicides, particularly among adolescents
  5. Access to Lethal Methods of Suicide
  6. Biological Factors
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