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A few simple questions could help doctors stem the suicide epidemic

from The Washington Post

Edwin Boudreaux remembers the first time he was left in charge of a patient as a graduate student training to be a psychologist. The patient had come in for routine diabetes treatment but it quickly became apparent she was suicidal. "She was so suicidal, I had to walk her from our clinic to the emergency department just to make sure nothing would happen in between," Boudreaux said. Almost three decades later, Boudreaux has produced compelling research showing an alarming number of emergency room patients coming in for unrelated problems have nascent, undetected suicidal thoughts — a large population who might be saved if doctors and nurses would simply ask if they’re having suicidal thoughts. more


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