PSY 270 Suicide--Appendix E
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PSY 270 Axia College Material Appendix E Suicide Respond to the following based on the information in the Suicide Rates by Age Group article 1 What has been the trend in suicide rates over the past few years Over the past few years suicide rates have started to decline in comparison to prior years McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 2 What part of the US has the highest suicide rate The West has the highest suicide rate in the United States McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 3 List three risk factors for suicide Prior suicide attempts access to firearms within the home and diagnosis of major depression are all risk factors for suicide McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 4 Many researchers worry that suicide rates for adolescents and older adults continue to increase What does the research data show about these age groups Adolescents and older adults seem to be more susceptible to suicide while middleaged adults are at less of a suicide risk Overall the suicide rates for these two groups adolescents and older adults have also started to decline within the past few years McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 5 In the US what demographic has the highest rate of suicide Typically older white men age 85 are at highest risk of suicide McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 6 List four possible reasons for the observed decrease in suicide rates Economic prosperity Increase in healthy life expectancy Decline in substance abuse Better medical support and trauma care McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 PSY 270 7 Recent media reports have suggested that medications may provoke suicidal behavior particularly in adolescents As a precautionary step the FDA issued a public health advisory warning doctors to watch patients closely for worsening depression when medication is first prescribed What does the data show about the effects of medication and suicide Some research concluded that antidepressants SSRIs were the leading cause of the decline in suicide rates in the US but shortly after this nding certain antidepressants paroxetine and venlafaxine were also linked to increased violence and suicide risk among individuals taking the SSRIs McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 It has also been found that the increased suicide risk caused by SSRIs occurred mainly during early treatment but as individuals continued to take the SSRIs this risk was typically found to decrease McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 8 Once a patient begins medication for depression when is that patient at the highest risk for suicidal ideation and behavior It usually takes the medication between 24 weeks to begin working so during this time period the patient should be closely monitored for increased suicidal behavior McKeown Cuffe amp Schulz 2006 9 Based on the readings what is your opinion on the use of medication to help control depression and reduce the risk of suicide Personally I believe that the use of medication for depression is imperative when it comes to reducing the risk of suicide and controlling depression but I also believe that this type of medication is too readily available to the general population In many instances people can simply go to their family doctor and get an antidepressant prescribed In my opinion these people should be properly diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist with depression before being prescribed any type of antidepressants I also believe that anyone taking such medications should be closely monitored for the first several months to ensure that they are not at an increased risk for suicide due to the medication Reference McKeown R Cuffe S amp Schulz R 2006 US Suicide Rates by Age Group 1970 2002 An Examination of Recent Trends American Journal of Public Health 9610 17441751 httpsearchebscohostcom PSY 270
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