Relevance of Diagnostic Setting in Predicting the Outcome of Suicide Attempters

  • Paolo Scocco
  • Diego De Leo


This study confirms the importance of psychiatric pathology in general, and depressive pathologies in particular, in the context of parasuicidal behaviour. The percentage of parasuicidal subjects who have completed suicide falls within the range of values reported in previous studies, despite the fact that the total number of suicides in our sample proved to be relatively low. Although no differences between suicides performed by subjects with or without psychiatric diagnosis emerged in our study, importance should be given to the “quality” of the diagnosis itself. One of the limits of this study may be the lack of comparison between diagnoses formulated in different settings but close in time to the parasuicidal act. Nevertheless, the fact that there were no completed suicides among subjects who only received a diagnosis during consultation suggests on the one hand that the importance of psychiatric pathology cannot be assessed with sufficient clarity in this particular context, and on the other hand, may cast doubts on the utility of studies based exclusively on diagnoses formulated in this particular setting for predicting subsequent suicidal behaviour.


Mood Disorder Suicidal Behaviour Personality Disorder Psychiatric Diagnosis Occupational Level 
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