Clues to suicide, reconsidered

Suicide Life Threat Behav. Winter 1994;24(4):395-7.


This brief paper focuses on a rather recondite aspect of the suicidal scenario: dissembling (feigning, pretending, withholding). Most individuals who commit suicide exhibit prodromal indicia in the month before. These verbal and behavioral clues are found in about 90% of psychological autopsies of suicidal deaths. As for the other 10% who mask or hide their lethal intentions, we do well to assume that even some hidden clues might be deciphered by the skillful clinician or the alert friend or colleague.

MeSH terms

  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Humans
  • Motivation*
  • Personality Assessment*
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Behavior
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Suicide / psychology*