Year: 1955 Source: Medical Press, v.234, (August 24 1955), p.182-184 SIEC No: 19820098

Depression is a leading cause of suicide. However, only one third of suicides show symptoms of mental illness. Aggressive personalities, alcohol abuse and isolation with aging increases tendancies to self-destruction. Only about 1/6 of suicide attempts succeed. However, threats are to be taken seriously as an appeal for help. Conflict solution or hospitalization should be sought. Otherwise, the patient is more likely to carry out the threat.