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Severe anxiety and agitation as treatment modifiable risk factors for suicide 

Severe anxiety and agitation as treatment modifiable risk factors for suicide
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Severe anxiety and agitation as treatment modifiable risk factors for suicide
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Jan Fawcett

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10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0055
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date: 17 August 2019

This chapter focuses on the presence of symptoms of severe anxiety and agitation in depressed patients, as an indicator of heightened suicide risk and a target for treatment to reduce suicide risk. Published evidence demonstrates that from 33–70 per cent of suicides occur in individuals in active treatment by mental health professionals. Clinicians who treat depressed patients who are at high chronic risk for suicide based on prior ideation or attempts, or patients with severe depressive illness who have not admitted suicidal ideation, or given history of prior attempts face a dilemma, since roughly half of patients who complete a suicide have not made previous attempts. Severe anxiety and agitation, often comorbid with depression, are modifiable suicide risk factors if recognized and treated.

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