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Nishi Misra, Amri Sabharwal & Updesh Kumar

In: Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People-at-Risk

Chapter 11: Substance Use and Suicidal Behaviour

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Substance Use and Suicidal Behaviour
Substance use and suicidal behaviour
NishiMisra, AmriSabharwal and UpdeshKumar

With suicide accounting for over 1 million deaths worldwide every year, suicidal behaviour is a pressing global health and social concern (WHO, 2001). Such behaviour commonly occurs as a result of interactions between multiple predisposing factors and current environmental factors that influence its development. These may be neurobiological, genetic, medical, psychological, social, economic or cultural (Beautrais et al., 1996; Norstrom et al., 1995).

Particularly influential in suicidal behaviour is the presence of psychiatric disorders. The majority of individuals who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder and, indeed, suicidal behaviour is more frequent among psychiatric patients (Henriksson et al., 1993; Mann, 2002). In their meta-analysis of 3,275 suicides across the world, Arsenault-Lapierre, Kim and ...

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