Mood Disorders and Suicide
J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62(suppl 25):27-30
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The mood disorders unipolar major depression and bipolar disorder increase the risk of suicidal
ideation, attempted suicide, and death by completed suicide. This article reviews the epidemiologic
data on the relationship between mood disorders and suicide, with an emphasis on the substantial risk
of suicide, while reassessing older data that may no longer apply. Widespread underdiagnosis and
undertreatment of major depression and bipolar disorder contribute to an unacceptable risk of suicide,
a preventable tragedy.