Year: 2009 Source: Psychiatric Services, v.60, no.3, (March 2009), p.384-386 SIEC No: 20100386

It has long been taught & believed that patients with depression & suicidal tendencies are at heightened risk of suicide as they begin to recover & their energy & motivation return. This article examines this belief. Although no studies have tracked suicide along with symptomatic change in depression, recent large-scale studies of suicide & phase of treatment do not indicate that suicide is more likely to occur early in recovery than at other times. This idea of a particular period of risk, although intuitively plausible, remains to be substantiated. (12 refs.)