Year: 2008 Source: Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, v.7, no.3, (2008), p.1-7 SIEC No: 20080850

This study examined the association of suicidality in young people with major depressive disorder compared to those with dysthymic disorder to investigate whether major depressive disorder, typically considered a more severe disorder, is associated with greater frequency & severity of suicidality. The study showed no distinction between the diagnoses on the basis of frequency & severity of suicidality. Clinicians should assess the level of depressive disorder symptom severity as well as suicidality when assessing young people, regardless of depressive disorder type. Any suicidality should be treated & carefully monitored. (38 refs.)