Low serotonin levels are associated with depression. Patients who are depressed are more likely to commit suicide.
Research identifies that the risk of suicide is highest the first year after a suicide attempt.
The lack of a social support system can lead to isolation. Other factors including unemployment, loss of family friends, or status can lead to suicidal feelings.
When there is easy availability of firearms or medications, such as tranquilizers or drug and alcohol abuse, there is a higher incidence of suicide.
Previous or current use of addictive substances places patients at increased risk of suicide. Alcohol, medications, and illegal drugs are substances that place patients at increased risk.
Physical or sexual abuse increases the patient’s risk of suicide. They may have an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.
Patients with chronic illness or chronic pain, such as cancer have an increased risk of suicide. These patients often feel as if they are ending their own suffering.
Adolescents and persons over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of suicide.
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