• Vol. 48 No. 9, 279–281
  • 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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