Year: 1965 Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research, v.5, (1967), p.89-93 SIEC No: 19820065

Study of 61 patients in a psychiatric facility who committed suicide, found that in the 24 hours prior to death they were more frequently noted as “Calm” than control group. This finding may not have general applicability, but in a hospital setting it could point to a high risk candidate for suicide as someone whose dread or other dysphoric affects had peaked and lessened. The non-dysphoric affective state could also be attributed to alcohol or drug use reducing the inhibiting control of dread.