Suicide/Suicidai Behavior - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence

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Risk Factors

The vast majority of both suicide attempters and completers have evidence of at least one major psychiatric disorder. These disorders are most often affective disorders, causing changes in moods or emotions. Major depressive disorder is the single biggest risk factor for attempted or completed suicide, with the risk heightened even further by comorbid anxiety, substance abuse, or conduct disorder. Bipolar affective disorder also conveys increased risk for completed and attempted suicide. There is an average of seven years between the onset of disorder and completed suicide in adolescence, so repeated suicide threats or attempts are common. Youths who attempt suicide feel hopeless, are impulsive, and have poor problem-solving and social skills. Children with other illnesses may also face an increased risk of suicidal behavior. For example, children with epilepsy have a higher suicide rate, which may be related to the side effects of the drug...

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