What is the role of delirium and dementia in the development of suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Delirium and dementia involve the loss of memory, disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, and poor judgment. These conditions often lead to self-destructive behavior. An example might be an accountant who slowly starts to have difficulty remembering numbers and solving addition problems. Although others might view these problems as minimal, he may feel that he is losing his mind and career, leading him to take his own life.


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