Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Therapy Cuts Risk of Repeat Attempted Suicide in Half

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Therapy Cuts Risk of Repeat Attempted Suicide in Half

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Cognitive therapy was effective in preventing repeat attempted suicide in a randomized controlled trial that spanned 18 months, reported Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and his associates.

Compared with usual care, the therapy cut the risk of reattempted suicide in half and significantly reduced the severity of depression and hopelessness, the investigators reported (JAMA 2005;294:563-70).

Over a 2-year period, they recruited 120 patients who were evaluated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania within 48 hours of attempting suicide. (An additional 230 patients were asked to participate, but 71% did not meet inclusion criteria and 29% declined.)

During the 18 months of assessment, 13 of the 60 patients who were assigned to cognitive therapy (22%) and 23 of the 60 assigned to usual care (38%) made at least one subsequent suicide attempt. Patients in the cognitive therapy group were approximately 50% less likely to attempt suicide again.

Severity of self-reported depression, as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory II, was significantly lower for the cognitive therapy group at the 6-, 12-, and 18-month follow-ups. …

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