Suicide Behaviors in Bipolar Disorder: A Review and Update for the Clinician.


Journal Article (Review)

Suicide behaviors (ideation, attempts, and completions) are unfortunately common in patients with bipolar disorder. It is estimated that 25 to 50% attempt suicide at least once during their lifetime, and 6% to 19% complete suicide. Risk factors include a family history of suicide, previous suicide attempts, younger age of onset, comorbid psychiatric illnesses, and psychological constructs like hopelessness. Pharmacologic treatment may impact suicidal behaviors, either increasing vulnerability or resilience. Clinicians need to be particularly sensitive to their patient's thoughts and beliefs about death, particularly during stressful times of life or when in a depressive/mixed episode of bipolar disorder.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beyer, JL; Weisler, RH

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 111 - 123

PubMed ID

  • 26876322

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26876322

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-3147

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.psc.2015.09.002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States