Correlates of suicidality among patients with psychotic depression

Ayal Schaffer, Alastair J. Flint, Eric Smith, Anthony J. Rothschild, Benoit H. Mulsant, Katalin Szanto, Catherine Peasley-Miklus, Moonseong Heo, Eros Papademetriou, Barnett S. Meyers

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The independent association of age and other factors with suicidality in patients with major depression with psychotic features was examined. Of the 183 study participants, 21% had a suicide attempt during the current episode. Male gender, Hispanic background, past suicide attempt, higher depression scores, and higher cognitive scores were each independently associated with greater intensity of current suicidality. Older age was independently associated with a lower risk of a lifetime suicide attempt. These findings reinforce the evidence that patients with psychotic depression are at high risk for suicide and underscore the importance of examining correlates of suicidality specific to patients with psychotic depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-414
Number of pages12
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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