Year: 2002 Source: Current Psychiatry, v.1, no.1, (January 2002), p.8 SIEC No: 20070063

This article alerts psychiatrists to the fact that a patient who has decided to die by suicide will likely see his or her therapist as an adversary as each party is working towards conflicting goals. He recommends thorough assessment & consulting with the patient’s family when this fundamental change in the therapeutic relationship occurs. He cautions mental health professionals about no-suicide contracts noting some of the drawbacks of this intervention technique. (2 refs.)