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Characteristics of Patients With Serious Suicidal Intentions Who Ultimately Commit Suicide
C. Wesley Dingman; Thomas H. McGlashan
Psychiatric Services 1988; doi:
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The authors thank Linda Berman, Carol Thompson, Allison Benesch, Renee Marshel, Victoria Solsberry, Michael Koontz, Lawrence Abrams, John Cook, William Flexsenhar, Kathleen Free, Wendy Greenspun, Lee Goldman, Anita Gonzalez, Brian Healy, Tom Martin, Jim Miller, Jack O'Brien, Terry Polonus, Steven Richfield, Rochelle Spiker, Holly Taylor, Barry Townsend, Susan Voisinet, Denise Unterman, Robert Welp, Donald Wright, Dexter Bullard, Jr., John P. Fort, Robert A. Cohen, David Feinsilver, and Wells Goodrich.

Chestnut Lodge Hospital, 500 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850

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Patients in a long-term follow-up study who had made a serious suicide threat or attempt before admission were further studied to determine if there were characteristics that discriminated between those who ultimately committed suicide and those who did not. The results showed that patients who committed suicide were more likely to have a DSM-III axis I diagnosis, to be male, and to be discharged against medical advice. Those alive at follow-up were more likely to have a borderline personality disorder, to be female, impulsive, and self-mutilating, to be discharged with medical advice, and to have a healthier postdischarge course.

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