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The Suicidal Patient

  • Jerome A. Motto

Abstract

Suicidal patients occupy a special place in any clinician’s practice, largely because of the social, legal, and ethical implications of self-destructive behavior in our culture. As suicide is the most visible cause of mortality in persons with emotional disorders, intense family concern and a sense of professional vulnerability bring a certain urgency to the issues involved. A sound approach to these issues does not always preclude a suicidal outcome, but it can help to minimize preventable deaths, which constitute a tragic human loss and a source of severe stress to therapists and to vulnerable survivors.

Keywords

Suicide Attempt Suicidal Behavior Management Problem Suicide Prevention Suicidal Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome A. Motto
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California, School of MedicineSan FranciscoUSA

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