International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 1 (2013) pp. 100–105

Prevalence of Psychiatric Comorbidity in Suicide Attempters

Alok Ghanate1*, R.S. Deepak2, Venakesh Patil3, Rajeshwari Surpur4,M.R. Anitha5, V. Vijayanath6

1Department of Psychiatry, M. R. Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India 2Senior Resident, Katuri Medical College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India 3Department of Pharmacology, Navodaya Medical College, Raichur, Karnataka, India 4Department of Microbiology, Navodaya Medical College, Raichur, Karnataka, India 5Department of Anatomy, VMKV Medical College & Hospital, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India 6Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, VMKV Medical College & Hospital, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
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Suicide is a complex, multidimensional phenomenon that has been studied from philosophical, sociological, and clinical perspective. The study is conducted in a tertiary care multi-specialty teaching hospital, which is of Cross sectional in nature and 100 consecutive patients of suicide attempt being admitted. Suicidal attempt was commonly seen in unmarried male. Housewives and student formed majority in the study. Poisoning (73%) was the most common method used for suicidal attempt, followed by drug overdose (21%). Benzodiazepine was most commonly used drug for overdose. Most of the patients attributed interpersonal problems (74%) as the reason for their suicidal attempt. Patients of alcohol dependence syndrome used more lethal modes of suicidal attempt even though scoring low on hopelessness and suicidal intent scale attributed to intoxicated state during the attempt.

Keywords : Psychiatry, Suicide, multi-specialty teaching hospital