Chapter 18. Suicide

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director3,4 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President5,6
  1. Zoltán Rihmer Professor1,2

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch18

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

Rihmer, Z. (2009) Suicide, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 4

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 5

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 6

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Clinical and Theoretical Mental Health, Hungary

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485



  • suicide;
  • suicidal behaviour, causing psychological distress;
  • suicide mortality shows a clear gender difference;
  • psychosocial and community factors, playing in suicidal behaviour;
  • Muslim countries, forbidding suicide;
  • Christian, Hindu and Buddhist countries have intermediate suicide rates;
  • depression, being ‘final common pathway’ in suicide;
  • decreased central serotonin metabolism, relating to impulsive-aggressive personality features;
  • Mann et al., proposing stress-diathesis model of suicidal behaviour in psychiatric patients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Epidemioliogy of Suicidal Behaviour

  • Suicide Risk and Protective Factors

  • Prevention of Suicidal Behaviour

  • References