Year: 2004 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.34, no.4, (Winter 2004), p.386-394 SIEC No: 20050523

Data collected from 26 therapists who were treating patients when they died by suicide were used to identify intense affective states in such patients preceding the suicide. 11 therapists provided comparable data on 26 patients they had treated who were seriously depressed but not suicidal. Although the 2 groups had similar numbers diagnosed with MDD, the suicide patients showed a significantly higher total number of intense affects in addition to depression. The acute affective state most associated with a suicide crisis was desperation. (28 refs)