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Flashcards in Suicide Deck (22):
1

True or False: Suicidal patients come to primary care doctors more often than psychiatrists.

True

2

True or False: Suicidal patients often come with vague somatic complaints.

True

3

In one study of suicide victims, _____% saw their MD during the 6 months before death and _____% within a month of dying.

80, 50

4

_____% of patients who overdosed did so within a week of being prescribed a lethal amount of medication.

50

5

What are the 3 general risk factors for suicide?

Mental illness, substance abuse, psychosocial crisis

6

What are 3 character traits that are risk factors for suicide?

Hopelessness, helplessness, impulsivity

7

True or False: 20% of people who complete suicide test positive for opiates, including heroin and narcotics

True

8

True or False: 33% of people who complete suicide test positive for alcohol

True. Impulsivity

9

True or False: Marijuana is a risk factor for suicide

True

10

True or False: Nearly all suicide events are associated with an adverse life event in the preceding year.

True.

This is most strongly associated with young, male, impulsive, personality-disordered, and substance abusing individuals.

Impulsivity is key because crises pass.

11

True or False: Suicide is a contagious idea

True

12

True or False: Acute violence (e.g. domestic violence) is associated with impulsive suicide

True

13

True or False: childhood violence and abuse increases adult risk of helpless suicide

True

14

True or False: Suicide is inversely associated with measures of religiosity

True

15

True or False: Access to a firearm is a risk factor for suicide

True

16

Do men or women complete suicide more often? How about age?

Older men

17

Is there a correlation between high altitude and suicide?

Yes. strange

18

True or False: Advanced degrees, except medical degrees, are protective of suicide

True

19

What are 4 common clinical mistakes when investigating SI?

  • Not interviewing the patient in private, especially if mate or parents don't want to leave.
  • Not getting info from family and friends particularly if the patient's story is vague or leaves many unanswered questions.
  • Labeling the patient's behavior as "manipulative" or "attention-seeking" thus minimizing its seriousness.
  • Neglecting to ask about presence of weapons, pills, etc.

20

True or False: Suicide and homocide are frequently linked

True

21

What's the most common homocide-suicide scenario?

Man kills woman and then kills himself

22

What is the goal for healthcare professionals for SI?

Intervene, especially in acute crisis, to reduce helplessness, hopelessness, and impulsivity