Suicides among the "Mentally Well: A systematic analysis of past research

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Title Suicides among the "Mentally Well: A systematic analysis of past research
Author Milner, Allison Joy; De Leo, Diego; Sveticic, Jerneja
Publication Title 4th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Editor Suicide Prevention Australia and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Year Published 2010
Abstract While psychiatric diagnoses are seen to play a strong role in intentional-self harm, research indicates that an appreciable number of suicides occur in the absence of any diagnosable mental illness. Whether this indicates that the subjects are “mentally well” is a subject of debate, as some researchers suggest that these people may actually be suffering from subthreshold mental conditions, which do not reach the full range or severity of symptoms needed for a psychiatric diagnosis. Our presentation will provide a review of the studies which address the topic of suicide occurring in those persons with either no diagnosed psychiatric disorder, or “sub threshold” disorders which do not reach the full criteria for a mental illness. The databases used for the search included: Pub Med, Web of Knowledge, Scopus and Proquest. Areas of particular interest were: psychiatric diagnoses, age, and gender. We also investigated the diagnostic classification system used in the study and the region in which it was conducted. The results of this review show that a substantial number of suicides do not meet the full diagnostic criteria for a mental illness. It is also worth noting that the study design, instrument used for diagnosis, and the region in which the study was conducted, had an influence on the study results. These findings highlight the potential methodological problems in studies on psychiatric conditions and suicide. Aside from this issue, our review study suggests that suicides can occur independently of any discernable mental illness
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Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.iasp.info/congresses.php
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the author[s].
Conference name 4th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Location Brisbane
Date From 2010-11-17
Date To 2010-11-20
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37719
Date Accessioned 2011-01-14
Date Available 2012-02-10T02:07:17Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Mental Health
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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