Year: 1959 Source: Lancet, v.1, (1959), p.1138-1140 SIEC No: 19870183

Thirty-four hospital patients who had deliberately harmed themselves or taken an overdose of tablets were studied to ascertain whether the suicide attempt was serious, doubtful or spurious. Of those suicide attempts admitted to hospital, one in three did not want to die. The authors call this “pseudocide” and note that motives may be difficult or impossible to determine. It is important not to misjudge the patient’s condition or to underestimate depression.