Patterns of Comorbidity of Suicide Attempters: An Update

Hilario Blasco-Fontecilla, Maria Rodrigo-Yanguas, Lucas Giner, Maria Jose Lobato-Rodriguez, Jose de Leon

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Between 10 and 20 million people attempt suicide every year worldwide, and suicide attempts represent a major economic burden. Suicide attempters suffer from high rates of comorbidity, and comorbidity is the rule in suicide re-attempters. Comorbidity complicates treatment and prognosis and causes a more protracted course. In the present narrative review, we included these patterns of comorbidity: intra-Axis I disorders, intra-Axis II disorders, Axis I with Axis II disorders, and psychiatric with physical illnesses. We also briefly reviewed the patterns of comorbidity in suicide re-attempters. We concluded that comorbidity at different levels appears to be the rule in suicide attempters, particularly in those who re-attempt. However, several issues deserve further research regarding the patterns of comorbidity in suicide attempters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number93
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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  • Comorbidity
  • Major repetition
  • Re-attempters
  • Suicide attempters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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