Depression and Suicide: are They Preventable?
One of the most consistent findings in follow-up studies of depression is the very high proportion of patients who die by suicide. However, evidence seems to suggest a reduction in both the recurrence of depressive disorders & the number of suicides among patients who enter long-term treatment available through mood disorder clinics. These clinics can assess patients with long-term treatment in mind & they offer better opportunities for the education of patients & their families. (10 refs.)