Year: 2002 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, v.105, no.3, (March 2002), p.218-223 SIEC No: 20020594

These analyses were conducted to describe the course of illness among patients with major affective disorders who commit suicide. 29 patients who entered a follow-up study of major affective disorders & who later committed suicide within 1 year of their last interview were matched to other patients by age, sex, the presence or absence of lifetime drug or alcohol abuse, time to last interview & polarity. Among the various measures used to characterize the course of illness, suicidal behaviour itself was the clearest correlate of risk for completed suicide. (20 refs)