Year: 1997 Source: The Decade of the Brain, v.8, no.4, (Winter 1997-1998), p.7-11 SIEC No: 19981093

The importance of the role of the primary care physician in detecting suicidal patients is discussed. Two case studies of suicidal patients are provided. A table lists sociodemographic & clinical risk factors (e.g. living alone, hoplessness, psychiatric disorders). The strongest predictor of suicide is psychiatric illness. Managing a suicidal patient can include hospitalization, involvement of family, removal of firearms, antidepressants & electroconvulsive therapy. (34 refs.)