Risk Factors for Suicide


About risk factors: Risk factors for Suicide are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Suicide makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Suicide. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Suicide. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Suicide in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in adults are mood disorders and comorbid substance use disorders 1

Major depression, a significant predictor of suicide in older adults, is a widely underrecognized and undertreated medical illness. In fact, several studies have found that many older adults who commit suicide have visited a primary care physician very close to the time of the suicide: 20 percent on the same day, 40 percent within one week, and 70 percent within one month of the suicide. These findings point to the urgency of enhancing both the detection and the adequate treatment of depression as a means of reducing the risk of suicide among the elderly. 2

Risks factors for Suicide: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Suicide:

1. excerpt from Suicide Facts: NIMH
2. excerpt from Older Adults Depression and Suicide Facts: NIMH

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