Year: 2006 Source: Bipolar Disorders, v.8, no.5, pt.2, (October 2006), p.586-595 SIEC No: 20080920

64 patients with DSM-III-R bipolar disorder were assessed at presentation for treatment of a major depressive episode. Correlates of past suicidal behaviour were determined by comparing patients with & without a history of suicide attempts. Putative predictors of attempts during the 2-year follow-up period were tested separately. 12 patients had least one suicide attempt during follow-up. All attempters had a past history of suicide attempts. Most predictors of future suicidal behaviour were correlates of past suicidal behaviour. Family history of suicide acts & comorbid borderline personality disorder predicted early attempts, while younger age, high hostility scores, number of past attempts, subjective pessimism, & few reported reasons for living predicted suicidal acts during the whole period. (51 refs)