Empirical Evaluation Studies Concerning Completed Suicide and Addiction

  • A. Stötzer
  • W. Poser
  • R. Becker
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There are two theories concerning the causal connection between suicide and addiction: the common cause theory, meaning that suicide and addiction result from common underlying causes, and the processual cause interpretation, meaning that suicidal actions result from specific problems caused by addiction (Feuerlein 1975; Rushing 1969). In the latter case, we should also look for the significance of the pharmacological effect of drugs (e.g., alcohol) as a cause of depression (Bleuler 1975; Mayfield and Montgomery 1972).


Illegal Drug Psychiatric Clinic Suicidal Action Delirium Tremens Criterion Committee 
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  • A. Stötzer
  • W. Poser
  • R. Becker

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