Suicide and the Family Physician
Inwood E R~~Anderson M M
Suicide results from the interaction of a human mind and society. When a person’s adjustment is marginal, his view of the world is constricted. Alternative solutions to life problems are not seen; the solution is life or death. Thus the psychologic organization is the predisposing cause and life problems are the triggering mechanisms. A person about to commit suicide often “cries for help.” This may be conscious or unconscious. The physician must be aware of self-destructive thinking.