Every health care provider and mental health professional will encounter clients struggling with depression, yet many of these professionals don’t receive a thorough grounding on theory, research, and clinical guidelines regarding depression, and those who do sometimes have trouble keeping abreast of the literature (a literature that includes over 60,000 empirical publications since 1980!). This book provides a handy reference for such practitioners. This brief, practical guide provides an introduction or refresher on depression that is research-based yet accessible, practical, and easy to read and consult.
Chapter 9: Suicide and Depression
Suicide and Depression
We begin this chapter with a case study involving a depressed adult who is contemplating suicide. We then discuss the prevalence of suicide in adults, and we review the empirically established risk factors, while using our case example to illustrate key elements. Next we provide a brief overview of the literature on assessment and treatment, and we highlight certain ethical and practical issues for crisis management. We also consider some future directions for theory and practice. Finally, we provide clinical guidelines, a chapter summary, and suggested readings.
This is a case of a crisis phone call regarding suicide. It is 2:00 a.m. at a crisis hotline center in a large city.
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