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LO: Suicidal Patient Natalie Koler 3-4-11 Suicide or intentional self-harm with the intent of causing death is the 11 th leading cause of death in the US leading to 30,000 deaths each year Psychiatric disorders are associated with more than 90% of completed suicides and with the majority of attempted suicides -Mood disorders are responsible for the majority of suicides Most common methods used in order of frequency: -Men: firearms, hanging, gas vapors, drug ingestion -Women: drug ingestion, firearms, gas vapors, hanging Psychiatric disorders at risk for suicide: -40-70% of victims suffer from clinical depression at the time of death -Major depression 15% -Bipolar disorder 10-15% -Schizophrenia 10% -Alcohol dependence 2% -Borderline personality disorder 4-9.5% -Antisocial personality 5% Biological findings in the suicidal victim: -Deficient levels of serotonin -Decreased presynaptic inhibitory 5-HT receptors & increased postsynaptic 5-HT receptors in the prefrontal cortex -5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) is the major metabolite of serotonin
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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