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Keywords:

  • suicide;
  • psychiatric disorder;
  • depression;
  • Hungary

ABSTRACT— Based on an interview with the closest family member, using the Schedule of Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia — SADS, a retrospective psychiatric assessment and diagnostic classification was carried out on 200 completed suicides. Eighty-one per cent of the victims had a recent psychiatric disorder, in 63% depression. The prevalence of psychiatric illnesses was similar to that of other studies from countries with lower suicide rates.