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SuicidePsychiatric Nursing: Contemporary Practice

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T/F Most suicidal people want to live.
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True, they are usually just unable to find an alternative to suicide to deal with their problems.
T/F Males attempt suicide more often than women.
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False, women attempt suicide three times more often than men, but men are twice as likely to be successful at their attempts.
When do most suicides occur?
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Within 3 months of improvement of symptoms from treatment, when they have enough energy and motivation to follow through on suicidal thoughts.
What are 90% of the suicides in the US associated with?
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Mental illness or alcohol/substance abuse
________ refers to all suicide related behaviors and thoughts of completing or attempting suicide and suicide ideation.
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Suicidality
_________ is thinking about and planning one's own death or excessive or unreasoned worrying about losing a significant other.
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Suicidal ideation
A nonfatal, self-inflicted destructive act with explicit or implicit intent to die is called?
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A suicide attempt
When do most completed suicides occur?
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During the first year after hospitalization for a failed suicide attempt.
Aside from the presence of a depressive disorder, what secondary factor is the best predictor for suicide?
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A previous suicide attempt
A voluntary, apparent attempt at suicide in which the aim is NOT death is referred to as..
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Parasuicide
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________ refers to the probability that a person will successfully complete suicide and is determined by the seriousness of the person's intent and the likelihood that the planned method of death will succeed.
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Lethality
What regions in the US have the highest rate of suicide?
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Mountain regions
What is considered to be the primary factor contributing to suicide in adults?
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Mental illness, especially depressive disorders
What factor increases the likelihood that suicidal ideation will result in parasuicide?
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Substance abuse
Adolescents who have _______ are particularly at risk for suicide.
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Panic attacks
What factor increases the risk of suicide in people over 65?
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Medical illnesses/chronic illnesses
What are psychological risk factors associated with increased suicidality?
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Problem-solving deficits, hopelessness, and/or history of physical or sexual abuse in childhood.
What are social risk factors associated with increased suicidality?
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Social isolation, economic deprivation, and unemployment.
What factor reduces the risk of suicide in women?
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Having a small child
What age does the peak suicide rate occur?
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Among individuals older than 75, with the highest rate being in men older than 85.
  
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