Suicide & Self-Harm

Suicide Ideation, Attempts Increasing Among US Children

Suicide Ideation, Attempts Increasing Among US Children

From 2008 to 2015 there was an increase in encounters for suicide ideation and suicide attempts among US children.

Children's hospital visits for suicide ideation and attempts are increasing

The percentage of patients seen at children's hospitals for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts more than doubled between 2008 and 2015. The academic school year may play a role.

 Concise Health Risk Tracking Scale Accurately Assesses Suicidal Severity in Adolescents

Concise Health Risk Tracking Scale Accurately Assesses Suicidal Severity in Adolescents

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

Longer Breaks Between Deployments Decreased Suicide Risk in Soldiers

Longer Breaks Between Deployments Decreased Suicide Risk in Soldiers

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Analyses revealed that the likelihood of suicide attempts during or after second deployment were twice as high in soldiers whose first deployment occurred within their initial 12 months of service.

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

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A number of factors including chronic pain co-occurring with posttraumatic stress disorder and pain interference may predict suicidal ideation and violent impulses in US veterans with chronic pain.

Stricter state firearm laws associated with lower rates of firearm suicide and homicide

Strong state firearm laws were associated with lower firearm suicide and homicide rates and overall suicide rates regardless of surrounding state laws. States with weak firearm laws only had lower rates of firearm homicide if they were surrounded by states with strong laws.

Significant variation in mortality trends in substance use disorders among US counties

Mortality rates decreased for alcohol use disorders, self-harm, and interpersonal violence between 1980 and 2014. Mortality rates for drug use disorders increased both nationally and in each county over the same period.

Esketamine Evaluated in MDD Patients at Imminent Risk for Suicide

Esketamine Evaluated in MDD Patients at Imminent Risk for Suicide

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If approved, esketamine has the potential to be the first treatment for patients with major depressive disorder at imminent risk for suicide.

Child Irritability Correlated With Suicide Risk, Especially in Girls

Child Irritability Correlated With Suicide Risk, Especially in Girls

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Children who were described as both highly depressed/anxious and highly irritable were 2 times as likely to report suicidal thinking and attempts compared with children who exhibited neither depression nor irritability.

Late-Life Indicators of Suicidal Behavior Identified in Older Adults

Late-Life Indicators of Suicidal Behavior Identified in Older Adults

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Investigators sought to identify distinct pathways toward suicidal behaviors in older adults with major depression.

Suicide Risk After Self-Harm Among Adolescents, Young Adults

Suicide Risk After Self-Harm Among Adolescents, Young Adults

Adolescents have an increased risk of suicide after nonfatal self-harm.

Mortality Rates for Substance Use Disorders, Intentional Injuries Vary Widely By County

Mortality Rates for Substance Use Disorders, Intentional Injuries Vary Widely By County

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Researchers calculated age-standardized mortality rates on a county level in the United States between 1980 and 2014, specifically examining rates for self-harm, interpersonal violence, alcohol use, and drug use.

Adolescent Cancer Survivors May Have Higher Rates of Adverse Mental Health Outcomes

Adolescent Cancer Survivors May Have Higher Rates of Adverse Mental Health Outcomes

Adverse mental health outcome rates are higher in adolescent cancer survivors.

Suicide-Screening Toolkit Can Help Identify Youths at High Risk for Suicide

Suicide-Screening Toolkit Can Help Identify Youths at High Risk for Suicide

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The majority of patients who commit suicide visit a healthcare provider within months of their death, representing an important opportunity to intercede and connect them with mental health resources.

Risk for Suicide, Non-Fatal Self-Harm Increased After Bariatric Surgery

Risk for Suicide, Non-Fatal Self-Harm Increased After Bariatric Surgery

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These results indicate the need for thorough preoperative psychiatric history assessment in patients considering bariatric surgery, as well as postoperative surveillance.

Childhood Abuse, Neglect Linked With Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Childhood Abuse, Neglect Linked With Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

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Screening for childhood mistreatment can assess the risk for nonsuicidal self-injury.

Lithium Remains Underused for Mood Disorders in US Clinical Practice

Lithium Remains Underused for Mood Disorders in US Clinical Practice

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The use of lithium is underused for treating mood disorders.

Suicidal Behavior, Thoughts Associated With Perfectionist Tendencies

Suicidal Behavior, Thoughts Associated With Perfectionist Tendencies

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Perfectionist tendencies are positively associated with suicide attempts and ideation.

Frequent Cannabis Use Associated With Increased Likelihood of MDD

Frequent Cannabis Use Associated With Increased Likelihood of MDD

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Frequent cannabis use was shown to be associated with an increased risk of major depressive disorder and suicidal ideation.

FDA Grants Fast Track Status to Oral Treatment for Acute Suicidal Ideation

FDA Grants Fast Track Status to Oral Treatment for Acute Suicidal Ideation

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NRX-100 followed by NRX-101 has been granted Fast Track status by the Food and Drug Administration.

Higher Suicide Risk in Young Adults With Chronic Illness

Higher Suicide Risk in Young Adults With Chronic Illness

Young adults with diseases such as asthma, are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide.

Depression Treatment May Benefit from Use of Ketamine

Depression Treatment May Benefit from Use of Ketamine

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Ketamine can provide acute benefits for treatment-resistant depression, bipolar depression, and major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation.

Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Hospitalizations Among Youth Have Doubled

Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Hospitalizations Among Youth Have Doubled

Teens suffering from depression are more likely to say they are "stressed" or "anxious" or "down."

Brief Suicide Screening Identifies At-Risk Adolescents in Urgent Care

Brief Suicide Screening Identifies At-Risk Adolescents in Urgent Care

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A brief screening tool can identify patients at risk for suicide without significantly interrupting the flow of acute care.

Suicide Attempts, Sleep Disturbance Associated With Internet Addiction

Suicide Attempts, Sleep Disturbance Associated With Internet Addiction

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Suicide attempts and sleep in adults are associated with Internet addiction.

Borderline Personality Disorder Psychotherapy Treatments Prove Effective

Borderline Personality Disorder Psychotherapy Treatments Prove Effective

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Borderline personality disorder symptoms, self-harm, and suicide were effectively reduced by psychotherapy treatment.

Suicide Rates Reduced by Handgun Control

Suicide Rates Reduced by Handgun Control

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States with universal background checks experienced a decrease in suicides between 2013 and 2014.

Rate of Repeated Suicide Attempts Decreases With Early Follow-Up

Rate of Repeated Suicide Attempts Decreases With Early Follow-Up

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Prevention of repeated suicide attempts was most effective with prompt recontact of patients.

Spousal Suicide Linked to Higher Risk for Mental, Physical Problems

Spousal Suicide Linked to Higher Risk for Mental, Physical Problems

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The suicide of a spouse can lead to an increased risk for mental disorders and certain medical conditions.

Suicidal Ideation in Bipolar Depression: A Potential New Treatment

Suicidal Ideation in Bipolar Depression: A Potential New Treatment

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A new agent would be the first oral treatment for suicidal behavior in patients with bipolar depression.

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