What are activities associated with suicide behaviors?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Numerous activities are associated with committing suicide, including the following:

  • Making a will

  • Getting the house and affairs together

  • Unexpectedly visiting friends and family members

  • Purchasing a gun, hose, or rope

  • Writing a suicide note

  • Visiting a primary care physician

With regard to the last item, a significant number of people see their primary care physician within 3 weeks before they commit suicide. They come for a variety of medical problems, but rarely will they state they are contemplating suicide. Therefore, the practitioner must pay attention to the entire person; the physician must look for factors in the patient's life beyond the chief complaint.


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