SUICIDE – PSYCHIATRIC INPUTS

SUICIDE – PSYCHIATRIC INPUTS


SUICIDE – PSYCHIATRIC INPUTS

  • Cause:
    • Low CSF levels of 5-hydroryindoleacetic acid (5 HIAA).
    • 5-hydroryindoleacetic acid (5 HIAA)- Serotonin metabolite associated with higher suicide risk.
  • Psychiatric illnesses & suicide risks:
    • Depressive disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Alcohol dependence & other substance dependence.
    • Personality disorders (especially borderline personality disorder & antisocial personality disorder).
  • Suicidal risk factors:
    • Male sex
    • Age > 45 years
    • Divorced, widowed
    • Unemployed
    • Chronic illness
    • Family history of suicide
    • Poor social support.

Exam Important

  • Lower levels of 5-hydroryindoleacetic acid (5 HIAA), a serotonin metabolite is associated with higher suicide risk.
  • Males are more prone to have suicidal risk.
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