A current perspective of suicide and attempted suicide

Ann Intern Med. 2002 Feb 19;136(4):302-11. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-4-200202190-00010.


Suicide and suicide attempts are a major cause of death and morbidity worldwide. Suicide is generally a complication of a psychiatric disorder, but it requires additional risk factors because most psychiatric patients never attempt suicide. This review includes a hypothesized stress-diathesis model, which has implications for detection of high-risk patients and treatment interventions, and discusses promising treatment approaches that have been recently identified.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Mass Media
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Models, Psychological
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Suicide* / prevention & control
  • Suicide* / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted* / prevention & control
  • Suicide, Attempted* / psychology