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Self-harm and suicide 

Self-harm and suicide
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Self-harm and suicide
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Robert C. Baldwin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199671632.003.0004
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date: 15 October 2019

Suicide is over-represented in older compared to younger populations

The clinical characteristics of those who self-harm in later life closely resembles that of completed suicides

Beware of the ‘medically trivial’ overdose or other act of self harm in an older person; mostly this will reflect a serious attempt

Suicide prevention should focus on recognition and treatment of depression, particulary in primary care.

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