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Should suicide behaviour be an outcome parameter for mental disorder
Indian Journal of Mental Health (2015)
  • Amresh Srivastava, University of Western Ontario

Suicide and mental illness are closely related to each other. A high number of people who commit suicide suffer from a mental illness, and a high number of mentally ill patients exhibit suicide behavior. Suicide behavior is a significant aspect of mental illness. It is consistently observed throughout the course of illness, seen in the prodromal stage, during acute phase of remission, in residual phase and whenever illness relapses. A number of times, mental disorder improves but suicide behavior persists. 10-15% patients attempt suicide in the initial phase of an illness. More than half of the patients get hospitalized due to suicidal attempt or hospital crisis. Repeated attempt of suicide in patients with mental disorder is minimum two- to three- times more. There is a strong interplay between mental disorder and suicide behavior. In western culture, mental disorder is relatively more commonly reported than in eastern culture. Most of the reports indicate that more than 98% patients who commit suicide have more than 1 mental disorder prior to their final attempt Suicide behavior is particularly more common amongst individuals suffering from a severe mental disorder, for e.g. Schizophrenia, Major depression or bipolar disorder, substance abuse, alcoholism and borderline personality disorder

  • suicide,
  • outcome
Publication Date
Fall September, 2015
Citation Information
Amresh Srivastava. "Should suicide behaviour be an outcome parameter for mental disorder" Indian Journal of Mental Health Vol. 2 Iss. 2 (2015)
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