In those with major depression, the risk for suicide is increased 20-fold compared with the general population. A history of major depression is present in about 60% of those who complete suicides. An estimated 8% of those with major depression attempt suicide at some time during their lifetime. This rate is increased in those with comorbid anxiety disorders (eg, 25% with comorbid panic disorder and 38% in those with comorbid posttraumatic stress syndrome disorder). About 31,000 people in the United States and 1 million worldwide die by suicide each year, and 650,000 people in the United States are treated emergently following a suicide attempt.
Reported by Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health
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