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Factors Increasing the Risk of Suicide

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What makes suicidal behaviour more probable

Suicidal behaviour doesn't of course occur totally haphazardly – many factors have been identified that markedly contribute to its initiation. And vice versa – if these circumstances are modified or removed, the risk of suicide decreases.

Diseases and disorders in which suicide occurs most frequently:

  • depression
  • schizophrenia
  • dependences of all kinds including gambling
  • border personality disorder (emotionally instable personality)
  • perhaps to someone's surprise also social phobia
  • mental anorexia, bulimia and their combinations
  • proceeding serious physical illnesses generally (malignancies and progressive movement diseases in particular)
  • even successfully treated serious diseases two years backwards

Social-psychological and other anamnestic suicidal risk factors:

  • Previous suicidal attempts – if someone has tried to kill himself or herself, there is a considerable risk of repeating the suicidal attempt. Suicides and suicidal attempts in family relatives and friends are aggravating, too (they work as examples).
  • Loneliness – no matter how difficult living as a couple is sometimes, for most people, it's easier than suffering solitude or loneliness. Higher suicide risk applies to widows, widowers, divorced and single people.
  • Debts and loss of work – such uneasy life situations are accompanied by insecurity. One tends to think of them all around and unproductively as long as he or she feels there is no way out.
  • Practising professions including contact with people – e.g. doctors (especially emergency doctors, pediatricians and psychiatrists) and nurses, teachers, policemen or lawyers. All of them often commit themselves to their clients' (patients', students'...) problems and just as often their work and effort don't result in the desired effect (a patient dies, an addict recurs, students are uninterested...). An excessive initial enthusiasm eventually turns into burnout – apathy and senselessness.
  • Absence of religion – believers are much less threatened with suicide.

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