Suicide risk and prevention in bipolar disorder

Lauren B. Marangell, James M. Martinez, Melissa Martinez, Holly A. Zboyan, Rayan Al Jurdi

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Bipolar disorders are prevalent and severe illnesses that are associated with a high risk of suicide. Patients with bipolar disorder who have had prior suicide attempts are at a substantially higher risk for future suicidality, even after controlling for other risk factors. Despite the magnitude of this problem, there is a paucity of controlled prospective data to guide clinical care, most likely due to the difficulties inherent in such studies. The most robust literature supports the use of lithium as a suicide-protective agent in bipolar disorder, but a definitive controlled study in a generalizable population is warranted. As in other areas of psychiatry, a careful assessment of the individual patient risk is of paramount importance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Psychosis and Therapeutics Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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