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Pharmacological and other biological treatments of suicidal individuals 

Pharmacological and other biological treatments of suicidal individuals
Pharmacological and other biological treatments of suicidal individuals

Hans-Jurgen Möller

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date: 17 May 2022

Due to the role of depressive disorders, as the most frequent cause of suicidal behaviour, antidepressants have the most prominent place in psychopharmacological prevention of suicidal behaviour. Based on clinical experience, antidepressants reduce suicidality in association with the reduction of depressive symptoms, and it is assumed that suicidal behaviour is also reduced as a consequence. However, based on the results of empirical studies, the evidence is not as clear as clinicians like to believe, which might, in part, be due to methodological problems. Other pharmacological and biological treatment methods with lithium, neuroleptics, benzodiazepines, anti-epileptics and ECT are described as well.

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