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Single versus Multiple Suicide Attempts: A Prospective Examination of Psychiatric Factors and Wish to Die/Wish to Live Index

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Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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Suicide continues to be a major public health concern within the United States U.S. and within the U.S. military. A history of suicide attempt has been identified as a key risk factor for eventual death by suicide. Individuals with multiple suicide attempts present a more severe clinical picture and may be at greater risk for suicide than those with a single attempt. To date, no studies directly attempt to address differences in single versus multiple suicide attempt status individuals within an active duty military sample and a civilian sample, as well as understand how these individuals may differ in symptomatology over time. The goals of this study were threefold 1 to confirm that individuals with multiple versus a single suicide attempt exhibit a more severe clinical picture 2 to determine if multiple attempt individuals sustain a more severe clinical picture over time compared to single suicide attempt individuals and 3 to evaluate potential differences between civilian and military individuals with multiple suicide attempts.

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