• Vol. 48 No. 9
  • 15 September 2019

Managing Suicide Ideation: A Targeted Approach

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Suicide, the deliberate act to end one’s life, has been
described as the “result of fractures with oneself”.1 It could
manifest as a direct consequence of psychiatric illness—
such as severe depression with an overwhelming sense of
hopelessness—or a compliant act under the influence of a
command hallucination in psychotic illnesses. However,
suicides can also occur in the absence of any known prior
psychiatric disorders, but in the presence of “profound
distress and psychological pain that has become unbearable
… suicide is seen as the perfect solution”.

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