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Suicide Risk in Bipolar Disorder: A Brief Review

by Peter Dome 1,2,*, 1,2 and 1,2,3,4
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, 1125 Budapest, Hungary
National Institute of Psychiatry and Addictions, Laboratory for Suicide Research and Prevention, 1135 Budapest, Hungary
MTA-SE Neuropsychopharmacology, Neurochemistry Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1089 Budapest, Hungary
NAP-2-SE New Antidepressant Target Research Group, Hungarian Brain Research Program, Semmelweis University, 1089 Budapest, Hungary
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Medicina 2019, 55(8), 403;
Received: 19 June 2019 / Revised: 15 July 2019 / Accepted: 23 July 2019 / Published: 24 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Preventing Suicide in Patients with Mental Disorders)
Bipolar disorders (BDs) are prevalent mental health illnesses that affect about 1–5% of the total population, have a chronic course and are associated with a markedly elevated premature mortality. One of the contributors for the decreased life expectancy in BD is suicide. Accordingly, the rate of suicide among BD patients is approximately 10–30 times higher than the corresponding rate in the general population. Extant research found that up to 20% of (mostly untreated) BD subjects end their life by suicide, and 20–60% of them attempt suicide at least one in their lifetime. In our paper we briefly recapitulate the current knowledge on the epidemiological aspects of suicide in BD as well as factors associated with suicidal risk in BD. Furthermore, we also discuss concisely the possible means of suicide prevention in BD. View Full-Text
Keywords: bipolar disorder; mood disorders; suicide; suicidal; mortality bipolar disorder; mood disorders; suicide; suicidal; mortality
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Dome, P.; Rihmer, Z.; Gonda, X. Suicide Risk in Bipolar Disorder: A Brief Review. Medicina 2019, 55, 403.

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