Year: 2007 Source: BMC Psychiatry, v.7, (November 2007), p.64-70 SIEC No: 20080125

320 consecutive cases of attempted suicide who were admitted to an urban emergency department in Japan were interviewed, with a focus on psychosocial background & DSM-IV diagnosis. Subjects were divided into 2 groups according to the lethality of method. 95% of patients received a psychiatric diagnosis. The most frequent diagnosis was mood disorder. The mean age was higher & living alone more common in the high-lethality group. Middle-aged men tended to have a higher prevalence of mood disorders. (38 refs.)