What are the factors associated with serious suicide attempts and completed suicides?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A number of factors correlate with serious suicide attempts and completed suicides, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Medications

  • Mental illness

  • Sex

  • Genetics

  • Availability of firearms

  • Life experiences

  • Physical illness

  • Economic instability and status

  • Media and the Internet

  • Psychodynamic formulation

  • Meaninglessness

An understanding of the causes of suicidal behavior will not only clarify the roots of the patient’s self-destructive path but also help the clinician to determine the appropriate treatment for the patient. Once the patient is safe, then the underlying dynamics can be addressed.

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