Here: a review of issues related to assessment of patients for suicide risk in the ED -- and an overview of emerging approaches and research that one day will lead to more reliable assessment and interventions based more on science than on art or luck.
Some of the most common challenges include the diagnosis of a mood disorder, especially a bipolar disorder, and the assessment and management of comorbidities and suicidalities in patients with a mood disorder. Here's an overview.
What is the actual risk of suicide attempts or suicide death in people with bipolar disorder? How does a BD diagnosis affect short-term and long-term suicide risk? How should a BD diagnosis help guide us toward the most effective suicide prevention strategies?
This video features a particularly poignant section of a Q&A between National Council for Behavioral Health President and CEO Linda Rosenberg and NatCon 2014 Keynote Speaker Hillary Rodham Clinton, on suicide.
PTSD is a psychiatric illness resulting from a physical or psychological trauma that is sometimes related to warfare, but of course occurs in the case of civilian trauma as well. However, wars have been a propitious time for studying PTSD.
Substance abuse and addiction are commonly associated with an increased risk of suicide. Alcohol abuse plays a key role in suicide attempts and completions; prescription drugs are a close second. The causes of suicide for men and women are different but the suicide rates are equally staggering.