OBJECT: Comorbidity of psychiatric illnesses and substance misuse can lead to an increase in suicide attempts. METHOD: Retrospective data collection from case notes of 81 consecutive admissions to an acute psychiatric ward. Previous diagnoses, substance misuse and suicidal attempts were all examined. RESULTS: The rate of suicide attempts among all groups was 40.7%. Alcohol abuse or use of illegal drugs was reported in 69.7% of suicide attempters. More than half of the patients (66.7%) overconsumed alcohol. CONCLUSION: Clinical implication of the effect of comorbidity on suicidal behaviour and length of stay are discussed.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- Affective disorder
- Suicidal attempts
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health