Year: 1982 Source: Canadian Family Physician, v.28, (September 1982), p.1606-1610 SIEC No: 19833045

Author restates the close relationship between treatable depressions & suicide and the importance of the family physician in making assessments. When a physician suspects depression evidenced by symptoms such as insomnia, weight loss, irritability, failing memory or concentration, he should directly question the patient concerning suicidal intent. Patients at high risk need admission, against their will if necessary. The family needs to be included for more precise information & support.(GW)