Psychological Medicine

Research Article

Depression followed by suicide: a comparison of depressed suicides with living depressives

B. M. Barraclougha1 and D. J. Pallisa1

a1 M.R.C. Clinical Psychiatry Unit, Graylingwell Hospital, Chichester, Sussex


The characteristics of 64 suicides with a retrospective diagnosis of depression and 128 depressives referred for psychiatric treatment were compared. The following items differentiated the suicide group: male sex, older age in females, single status, living alone, the symptoms of insomnia, impaired memory and self neglect, and a history of suicide attempts. The value of these items in assessing suicide risk in depressive illness is discussed.