Suicidal behaviors in patients with chronic physical illness: A test on the interpersonal theory of suicide

Introduction The unalleviated burden of chronic physical illness (CPI) increases the risk of suicidal behaviors (SB) in affected individuals. This study tested the interpersonal theory of suicide (ITS) in patients with CPI. Methods Patients diagnosed with cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and renal diseases were recruited from two hospitals in South Korea. Data from 257 participants who completed […]

The interaction effect between low income and severe illness on the risk of death by suicide after self-harm

Background: Previous Western studies have reported that the prevalence of death by suicide within 1 year after self-harm was 0.5-2%; however, no studies have focused on the Far East. Aims: To calculate the prevalence of death by suicide after self-harm over different lengths of follow-up time and to determine the predictors of death by suicide after self-harm. […]

Level of behavioral health integration and suicide risk screening results in pediatric ambulatory subspecialty care

Objective This study aimed to characterize suicide risk screening results for youth in pediatric ambulatory subspecialty clinics. Method The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions was administered to patients ages 9–24 years in 12 subspecialty clinics to assess suicide risk, determined by suicide ideation/behavior. The SAMSHA-HRSA standard framework for integrated health was used to categorize each clinic’s level of […]

Bridging late-life depression and chronic somatic diseases: A network analysis

The clinical presentation of late-life depression is highly heterogeneous and likely influenced by the co-presence of somatic diseases. Using a network approach, this study aims to explore how depressive symptoms are interconnected with each other, as well as with different measures of somatic disease burden in older adults. We examined cross-sectional data on 2860 individuals […]

The cultural hegemony of chronic disease association discourse in Canada

In this paper, we explore how corporate domination of two major disease associations in Canada, Heart and Stroke Canada (HSC) and Diabetes Canada (DC), as manifested in membership of their boards of directors may be acting with biomedical complicity to create hegemonic discourse on the nature of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus […]

Suicidal behaviour among adolescents and young adults with self-reported chronic illness.

OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to estimate the: (1) 12-mo prevalence of suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts in a population sample of adolescents and young adults with and without chronic illness; (2) associations among chronic illness and suicidal thoughts and behaviour (STB); and, (3) moderating roles of mood and substance use disorder on […]

Invisible illness increases risk of suicidal ideation: The role of social workers in preventing suicide.

Many chronic, invisible illnesses that involve chronic pain—fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, and myalgic encephalomyelitis—can greatly affect both physical and mental health

Major physical health conditions and risk of suicide.

Introduction Most individuals make healthcare visits before suicide, but many do not have a diagnosed mental health condition. This study seeks to investigate suicide risk among patients with a range of physical health conditions in a U.S. general population sample and whether risk persists after adjustment for mental health and substance use diagnoses. Methods This […]

Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: The Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES IV, V) from 2007-2012.


Suicide attempts in chronic pain patients: A register-based study.

In a register study involving 1871 chronic pain patients in all 6% had attempted suicide. Chronic pain patients have a 3.76 increased risk for suicide attempts. Screening for risk factors is important in chronic pain patients. Risk factors are psychiatric, social, abuse problems, ÒintractableÓ pain. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view […]

Physical diseases as predictors of suicide in older adults: A nationwide, register-based cohort study.


Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in older adults: Influences of chronic illness, functional limitations, and pain.


Mediated moderation of the relation between maternal and adolescent depressive symptoms: Role of adolescent physical health.

To examine the mediating effect of family functioning on the relation between maternal and adolescent depressive symptoms and determine whether the magnitude of the mediating effect is different for adolescents with and without chronic physical health conditions. Conclusions The mediating effect of family functioning in the relation between maternal and adolescent depressive symptoms is larger […]

Depression and suicide ideation in chronic hepatitis C patients untreated and treated with interferon: Prevalence, prevention, and treatment.

Interferon-based therapies were until recently the standard of care in chronic hepatitis C (CHC), despite their side effects. We aimed to review the available data on the depression and suicide in CHC patients receiving or not antiviral therapy based on interferon treatment. A PubMed search was performed, identifying relevant papers published between 1991 and January […]

Chronic medical problems and distressful thoughts of suicide in primary care patients: Mitigating role of happiness.


Sorrow: a therapist’s reflection on the inevitable and the unknowable.


Sociodemographic, psychiatric and somatic risk factors for suicide: a Swedish national cohort study.


Suicidal and self-harm behaviors in chronic pain patients.


Asthma, Suicide Risk, and Psychiatric Comorbidity

This editorial reviews research by Kuo & colleagues (2010) on the association of a current history of asthma & an increased risk of subsequent suicide in high-school students in Taiwan. A limitation of the research is discussed as are other ways that asthma itself as well as comorbid anxiety & depression may increase subsequent suicide […]

Understanding Recent Changes in Suicide Rates Among the Middle-Aged: Period or Cohort Effects?

Trends in suicide rates for American residents, aged 40-59 years, were examined for the period 1979-2005 & alternative explanations were explored for the notable increase in such deaths from 1999-2005. The timing of the post-1999 increase coincided with the complete replacement of the American middle-age strata by the postwar baby boom cohorts, whose youngest members […]

Risk Factors for Suicide in Wives of Military Personnel

An increasing trend in attempted & completed suicide among wives of serving personnel was observed. A questionnaire designed to elicit the known risk factors for suicide, suicide attempts, & suicide ideation by women in the Indian context was administered to 222 wives of Indian military personnel living in a garrison with their husbands. 28% of […]

Psychiatric Comorbidity and Suicide Risk in Patients With Chronic Migraine

This study explored the impact of mental illness among patients with migraine. The authors performed MedLine & PsycINFO searches from 1980-2008. Research has systematically documented a strong bidirectional association between migraine & psychiatric disorders. The relationship between migraine & psychopathology has often been clinically discussed rather than systematically studied. Future research should include sound methodologically-based […]

Self-Poisoning Suicide Attempts Among Students in Tehran, Iran

A cross-sectional study was conducted of students admitted to hospital because of self-poisoning. Variables studied included age, gender, substance abuse, personal history, familial history, & the immediate precipitant for the suicide attempt. A total of 248 students were studied. The mean age was 16.3 years. Self-poisoning with a pharmaceutical agent was the most common method. […]