Suicidal behaviors and communications are obvious concerns for psychiatrists. Whereas the infrequency of completed suicide makes it hard to study and the alternative construct of “suicidality” is not uniformly defined across studies, associations can be found between treatments in the psychiatrist’s toolbox and possible suicide-protective effects. This review identifies several candidate treatments-psychotherapy, antidepressants, lithium, anticonvulsant agents, electroconvulsive therapy, and clozapine-and weighs their potential suicide-protective effects against their known risks.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health