Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People provides a psychometric analysis of various aspects associated with suicidal risk assessment to understand the suicidal personality and predict suicidal behavior. It includes articles by experts in the field covering suicide research carried out globally. The discussion begins with a contextualization of the psychological factors implicated in the aetiology of suicidal behavior with the help of a biopsychosocial model and is followed by an empirical analysis. The theoretical issues are then examined from various perspectives. Some articles also focus on people-at-risk, including individuals suffering from substance abuse and bipolar disorders, security personnel, adolescents, etc.

Depression and Suicide

Depression and suicide
EvaSchaller and ManfredWolfersdorf

Without any doubt, major depressive disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders worldwide. Furthermore, compared to other psychiatric disorders it is associated with the highest suicide risk. The lifetime prevalence for mood disorders in the newer World Mental Health Surveys (Kessler et al., 2007; Wittchen et al., 1999) is currently between 3.3 and 21.4 percent. The impact of depression on life quality is comparable with that of severe physical diseases. The comorbidity quota with other psychiatric disorders, for example, addiction, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, as well as physical diseases, is high. At present it is known that, on the one hand, it is depressive mood within psychiatric and physical diseases, on the other hand, it is ...

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