Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, v.18, no.5, (October 1998), p.384-389 SIEC No: 19990836

100 patients who had attempted suicide before commencing lithium prophylaxis were followed up. Outcome was analyzed in terms or attempted or completed suicide after a mean of 10 years since admission to the lithium clinics. Of 10 patients who had completed suicide, 9 had discontinued adequate lithium prophylaxis for a period ranging from 2 weeks to 7 years before death. Incidence of attempting suicide was similar during periods before receiving or after discontinuing lithium treatment. (24 refs)