Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Suicidality

Traci Speed, M.D., Ph.D., Karen Swartz, M.D.
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DEFINITION

  • The behavior of actively ending one’s own life
  • Dimensions of suicidal behavior include intent and lethality
    • Intent includes the desire to die, the degree of preparation, and the chance of discovery.
    • Lethality is the damage resulting from a suicide attempt.

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Last updated: December 5, 2014