Will you kill yourself?

Or can your tendency towards suicide be anticipated and stopped?

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

IMAGiNE being asked questions like, "Have you ever had a period of 2 weeks or mdre when you had trouble failing asleep, staying asleep, waking up too early, or sleeping too much?"

'A similar set of questions pertaining to feelings of hopelessness, depression and worthlessness of life form the Suicidal Ideation (Thoughts) Screening Questionnaire (sis-Q). Developed by Lisa Cooper-Patrick and colleagues at the John's Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore, the sts-Q might help general practitioners to identify a person with suicidal tendencies.

A suicidal patient may not necessarily appear depressed or suffering from any psychiatric disorder when visiting a doctor. This questionnaire has been devised to identify clinical traits shared by individuals with suicidal ideation.

The sis-Q was formulated after researchers conducted a survey of more than 6,000 individuals from the National Institute of Mental Health, USA. The findings, which appeared in the recent issue of Journal of American Medical Association, were reported to have identified 84 per cent of medical patients with suicidal tendencies.

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