Year: 1987 Source: Patient Care, v.21, no.4, (September 1987), p.62-80 SIEC No: 19871622

Most individuals who kill themselves are seen by a physician shortly before death. The adult patient at risk may complain of insomnia, fatigue, decreased appetite, gastrointestinal symptoms, or backache. Feelings of hopelessness are strong signs of suicide risk. The first clue may be a seemingly casual remark about dissatisfaction with life. Overt depression is absent in some suicidal patients.