Year: 2013 Source: Depression & Anxiety (1091-4269).(2011).28(11):p941-945.DOI: 10.1002/da.20906. SIEC No: 20130108

Suicide is an enormous public health problem with more than one million suicide deaths worldwide per year.1,2 Although psychopathology is one of the most well-established risk factors for suicide, there remains controversy as to whether anxiety disorders are independently associated with an increased risk for suicide. In this article, I will summarize: (1) key reasons for the controversy in this area, (2) empirical studies that address this controversy, (3) possible explanations for the association between anxiety and suicide, and (4) clinical implications of this research.

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