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BMC Psychiatry

, 14:269

Mood disorders

Abstract

BackgroundSuicide is a global issue among the elderly, but few studies have explored the experiences of suicide ideation in older Asian psychiatric outpatients.

MethodOlder psychiatric outpatients N = 24 were recruited by convenience from one medical centre and one regional hospital in northern Taiwan. Participants were recruited if they met these inclusion criteria: 1 ≥65 years old, 2 without severe cognitive deficit, 3 outpatients in the psychiatric clinics at the selected hospitals, and 4 self-reported first episode of suicidal ideation within the previous year. Data were collected in individual interviews using a semi-structured guide and analysed by content analysis.

ResultsSuicide ideation was triggered by illness and physical discomfort, conflicts with family members-friends, illness of family members, death of family members-friends, and loneliness. Participants’ reasons for not executing suicide were family members’ and friends’ support, receiving treatment, finding a way to shift their attention, fear of increasing pressure on one’s children, religious beliefs, and not knowing how to execute suicide.

ConclusionUnderstanding these identified triggers of suicide ideation may help psychiatrists open a channel for conversation with their elderly clients and more readily make their diagnosis. Understanding these identified protective factors against executing suicide can help psychiatrists not only treat depression, but also enhance protective factors for their clients.

KeywordsSuicide ideation Psychiatric Outpatients Older people  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Shwu-Hua Lee - Yun-Fang Tsai - Ching-Yen Chen - Li-Bi Huang

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