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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


LOZANO SERRANO, Carolina et al. Descriptive analysis of parasuicide in the psychiatric emergencies. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2004, n.91, pp.11-22. ISSN 2340-2733.

The parasuicide is an important public health problem because of its high frequency and its medical and social consequences. The patient’s clinical features and the suicide attempt’s characteristics are the most important clinical topics on studyng this problem. We studied 184 patients who committed parasuicide. Sociodemographic, clinical and psychosocial patient’s features, parasuicide’s characteristics, medical consequences and suicide intentionality were analyzed. The typical patient’s profile was age 36’7, single, unemployed and not living alone woman. 54% of the sample was already receiving psychiatric attention. The most usual diagnose was personality disorder. The most usual method was ingestion of psychotropics drugs. 20% of the sample required hospital admission, and 50% was referred to his Mental Health Center. According to suicide intentionality two groups resulted. These two groups presented differences on frequency, prognosis, diagnosis and treatment. The foregoing are just some of the findings presented in this article.

Keywords : Parasuicide; suicide intentionality; sociodemographic profile; Clinical profile.

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