Year: 2003 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, v.64, no.9, (September 2003), p.1094-1100 SIEC No: 20041049

As part of the Vantaa Depression Study in Vantaa, Finland, 269 patients with DSM-IV major depressive disorder (MDD) were assessed for suicidal behavior. During the current MDD episode, 58% of all patients had experienced suicidal ideation. Among the 15% of the total who had attempted suicide, almost all had also had suicidal ideation. Hopelessness, alcohol dependence or abuse, low level of social & occupational functioning, poor perceived social support, high severity of depression, & younger age predicted suicide attempt. (65 refs)