Tag Archives: Suicide

Suicide

Each suicide is a personal tragedy that prematurely takes the life of an individual and has a continuing ripple effect, dramatically affecting the lives of families, friends and communities. Every year, more than 1,00,000 people commit suicide in our country. There are various causes of suicides like professional/career problems, sense of isolation, abuse, violence, family […]

Suicide law

Congress politician Shashi Tharoor is going to be tried for abetment of the suicide of his wife Sunanda. I will not go into the details of his case, which are sub judice. Instead, let me make the overriding point that India’s suicide law is illogical and immoral, and needs to be rejected or re-interpreted by […]

American doctors are killing themselves 

Gabrielle Glaser GABRIELLE GLASER 03.23.15 9:25 AM ET Greg Miday was a promising young doctor with a prestigious oncology fellowship in St. Louis. He spoke conversational Spanish, volunteered with the homeless, and played the piano as if he’d been born to it. He had rugged good looks, with dark wavy hair and a tall, athletic […]

9 Things To Do Or Say When A Loved One Talks About Taking Their Life

 By Lisa Esposito for US News Caring is key to your response. This is what you should do if someone you know talks about taking their life. Take people seriously and let them know you care. When someone tells you he’s thought of suicide, it’s scary. Or when a friend confides she’s an attempt survivor, […]

Direct Effect of Sunshine on Suicide

Benjamin Vyssoki, MD1; Nestor D. Kapusta, MD, PhD2; Nicole Praschak-Rieder, MD, PhD1; Georg Dorffner, PhD3; Matthaeus Willeit, MD, PhD1 [+] Author Affiliations JAMA Psychiatry. Published online September 10, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1198 Importance  It has been observed that suicidal behavior is influenced by sunshine and follows a seasonal pattern. However, seasons bring about changes in several other meteorological factors and a seasonal rhythm in social behavior may […]

Robin Williams

Millions of people worldwide have been rocked by the recent and very sad death of Robin Williams. Although suicide is part of our daily work as clinicians, we are mostly focused on assessing our patients for suicide risk, exploring suicide thoughts and planning, and treating the cognitive patterns directly or the underlying psychiatric illnesses. In […]

behavioral emergencies

_Patients who are experiencing severe changes in mood, thoughts, or behavior or severe, potentially life-threatening drug adverse effects need urgent assessment and treatment. Nonspecialists are often the first care providers for outpatients and inpatients on medical units, but whenever possible, such cases should also be evaluated by a psychiatrist. When a patient’s mood, thoughts, or […]