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Clinical examples 

Clinical examples
Chapter:
Clinical examples
Source:
Suicide Prevention (Oxford Psychiatry Library) (2 ed.)
Author(s):

Robert D. Goldney

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199677580.003.0015

All those who are suicidal warrant full assessment. Treatment offered depends on the presence and nature of any mental disorders identified. Older person are more likely to have more prominent mental disorders. Even though no definite mental disorder may be identified, follow-up should be offered. This chapter contains three case histories which illustrate commonly experienced situations confronting clinicians who have responsibility for those who are suicidal. They are brief, and usually a much more detailed personal history and description of the suicidal behaviour is required. However, insofar as any person’s life experience is similar to another, they depict a young person with essentially contextual inter-personal issues, a person with a long history of borderline personality disorder, and a mature aged man with a severe mental disorder

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