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Düşünen Adam. 2013; 26(4): 376-380

Evaluation of suicide attempts that referred to a university hospital emergency department

Mehmet Asoglu, Feridun Bulbul, Abdurrahman Altindag.

Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical and sociodemographic variables of suicide attempt cases that referred to a university hospital at Sanliurfa.
Method: Ninty people who referred Emergency Department of Harran University, Faculty of Medicine with a suicide attempt participated in this study. The Supre-Miss Survey Form which was prepared by Crisis Center of Ankara University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry was used. The survey contains these subscales: The Sociodemographic and Clinical Data Form, WHO Well-Being Index, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Trait Anger Scale (TAS).
Results: Among the patients with suicide attempts, 55.7% were diagnosed with major depressive disorder, 14.1% with generalized anxiety disorder and 5.3% with intermittant explosive disorder. It was observed that the most common way of suicide attempt was chemicals-drugs intoxication. 88.9% of the patients were under 35 years old, 12.2% had a history of psychiatric medication, 66.2% had referred to a practitioner MD and 12.2% of these had told about their suicidal ideation to their doctor. Suicide attempt rate was found to be higher in, women, single people, youngsters, uneducated/poorly educated people. However, the rate was found to be lower in married people and well- educated people.
Conclusion: The physichiatrist should be more alert about women, single people, youngsters, uneducated/poorly educated people over the course of psychiatric evaluation.

Key words: Psychiatric disorders, suicide attempt, suicide method

Article Language: Turkish English

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