Year: 1983 Source: Psychiatric Developments, v.1, no.4, (1983), p.339-350 SIEC No: 19870390

Presents a wide-ranging discussion of suicide using numerous studies as a basis for drawing conclusions about self destrutive behaviors. Noting that psychiatric illness (most commonly depression) is nearly always present & that communication of intent is frequent, the author suggests that a diagnosis of depressive disorder &/or alcoholism is the best lead for identifying the population at increased risk. Emphasizes that physicians are strategically placed for recognition of risk. 49 refs. (LH)