Every year, world-wide, an estimated three-quarters of a million people take their own lives, making suicide and attempted suicide a major social concern. This book presents the issues related to this growing problem. It considers the range of factors that underlie the suicide attempt, including social and cultural circumstances, psychological disorders, and somatic conditions. Methods of evaluating suicide risk are discussed, and psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches to treatment are presented. The consequences of attempted suicide for the survivor are exemplified by Professor Retterstol's own experiences of follow-up.
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