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Association between poor physical health and suicide among elderly men

from Psychiatry Advisor

Rates of suicide for both genders increase significantly with advancing age, with the 85-and-older age group being at the highest risk. In the United States, this age pattern is observed particularly among men. Although mood disorders are known risk factors, it has been proposed that symptoms of depression alone cannot adequately explain late-life self-harm and suicidal behavior. For example, psychological autopsy studies show that major depression is present in approximately 50 percent of suicides. Comorbid psychiatric and physical health problems, however, are frequently observed among older adults. more

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