Between 2006 and 2016 the overall US suicide rate went up from 10.97 to 13.26 per 100,000 people. Those numbers may seem small, but they reflect an increase of just over 20% in these 10 years.
The media has tremendous power in delivering messages to the public about mental illness. This year, the media got it wrong.
If you haven’t seen the series or heard media coverage about it, the 13 reasons are a series of 13 audiotapes made by the character, Hannah Baker, to be listened to by the 13 people she felt in some way contributed to her decision to kill herself.
Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in several states. But none of the state statues mandates a mental health evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist before the writing of a lethal prescription by an attending physician.
A psychiatrist realizes he is completely powerless against his patient's opiate addiction.
Which patients are at greatest risk for premature death following discharge?
There are no simple solutions to the plight of the terminally ill patient. With commentary by Cynthia Geppert, MD.
It would be logical to attribute the surge of suicides in the military to simultaneous prolonged engagement in combat, repeated deployments, and attendant stress. But studies have failed to connect deployments to suicide risk.
The APA's historic Position Statement provides guidance for psychiatrists in the face of a rapidly changing landscape of social values and expectations of medical services. Details here.
A personal account of a psychiatrist whose brother died by suicide.