Year: 1985 Source: Psychiatric Clinics of North America, v.8, no.2, (June 1985), p.183-201 SIEC No: 19860764

This article contends that suicide, a common clinical problem with complex origins makes heavy demands on psychiatric services. Familiarity with established principles of assessment & management can facilitate decision-making, increase treatment engagement, & reduce the risk of subsequent attempts. The term attempted suicide is discussed, along with psychiatric diagnosis & personality characteristics of those who attempt suicide. Predisposing & precipitating factors are also examined.(135 Ref.)