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Depression followed by suicide: a comparison of depressed suicides with living depressives

  • B. M. Barraclough (a1) and D. J. Pallis (a1)
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The characteristics of 64 suicides with a retrospective diagnosis of depression and 128 depressives referred for psychiatric treatment were compared. The following items differentiated the suicide group: male sex, older age in females, single status, living alone, the symptoms of insomnia, impaired memory and self neglect, and a history of suicide attempts. The value of these items in assessing suicide risk in depressive illness is discussed.

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