Suicide and Highest Risk Period

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Appendix E

Suicide

Respond to the following based on the information in the “Suicide Rates by Age Group” article: 1.What has been the trend in suicide rates over the past few years? The suicide rates have declined over the last few years. 2.What part of the U.S. has the highest suicide rate?

The West has the highest suicide rate with 14.7 suicides per 100,000 people. 3.List three risk factors for suicide.
Three factors are: presence of firearms in home, substance abuse, having been previously diagnosed with a major depression, or bipolar disorder. 4.Many researchers worry that suicide rates for adolescents and older adults continue to increase. What does the research data show about these age groups? The rate among older people had declined over the last 15 years and the rate for adolescents has decreased over the last ten years. 5.In the U.S., what demographic has the highest rate of suicide? Older white men

6.List four possible reasons for the observed decrease in suicide rates. Decline in substance abuse, increased capabilities in the medical field, increase in healthy life expectancy. 7.Recent media reports have suggested that medications may provoke suicidal behavior, particularly in adolescents. As a precautionary step, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning doctors to watch patients closely for worsening depression when medication is first prescribed. What does the data show about the effects of medication and suicide? The data shows that it has decreased overall suicide rate, but an increased number of patients. 8.Once a patient begins medication for depression, when is that patient at the highest risk for suicidal ideation and behavior? The highest risk period is during the first month, particularly the first nine days. 9.Based on the readings, what is your opinion on the use of medication to help control depression and reduce the risk of suicide? I believe that it all depends on the...
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