Suicide and bipolar disorder

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Suicide, which is both a Stereotypic yet highly individualized act, is a common endpoint for many paticnts with severe psychiatric illness. The mood disorders (depression and bipolar manicdepression) are by far the most common psychiatric conditions associated with suicide. At least 25% to 50% of paticnts with bipolar disorder also attempt suicide at least once. With the exception of lithium-which is the most demonstrably effective treatment against suicide-remarkably little is known about specific contributions of mood-altering treatments to minimizing mortality rates in persons with major mood disorders in general and bipolar depression in particular. Suicide is usually a manifestation of severe psychiatric distress that is often associated with a diagnosable and treatable form of depression or other mental illness. In a clinical setting, an assessment of suicidal risk must precede any attempt to treat psychiatric illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-51
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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