Management of the Depressed, Suicidal Child or Adolescent

Alan Apter, Robert A. King

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Two prominent risk factors for completed suicide and suicidal behavior in adolescents are previous suicide attempts and a diagnosis of a depressive episode. Adolescents with different degrees of suicidal risk and severity are referred or admitted to various clinical settings. Research has yet to identify clearly the treatment of choice for suicidal patients. Regardless, clinical interventions should be based on a thorough suicide risk assessment. Treatment strategies should be multidimensional, targeting suicidal behavior and the underlying psychiatric illness or other personality and environmental risk factors. Because adolescents are referred from one clinical setting to another, continuity of care (eg, recommendation for after-care, a concrete referral, and a telephone follow-up) must be one of mental health practitioners' major concerns. Lack of continuity of care places patients at an elevated risk for additional suicide attempts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1013
Number of pages15
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


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