Year: 1978 Source: Psychosomatics, v.19, no.2, (1978), p.113-115 SIEC No: 19840952

Possible reasons why some terminally ill patients develop suicidal tendencies are discussed in this paper. Three such patients are described and the author suggests how, by addressing the patients’ needs to feel an increased sense of mastery over their circumstances, the risk of suicide can be decreased.