Incidence of suicidality in AIDS and HIV-positive patients attending a psychiatry outpatient program

Mary A. O'Dowd, D. J. Biderman, F. P. McKegney

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Abstract

Current suicidality and many other characteristics were assessed in 183 patients in the various stages of HIV infection who were referred to a specialized HIV-related psychiatric clinic. Intravenous drug use was the most common HIV risk factor. Patients with AIDS had significantly less current suicidal ideation than patients with AIDS-related complex and asymptomatic HIV positivity. The lower suicidality in AIDS patients was independent of age, gender, HIV risk group and source of referral. Possible explanations of this association include denial, refocusing of life goals in AIDS patients and psychological changes related to central nervous system impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume34
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

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Psychiatry
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Outpatients
HIV
Incidence
AIDS-Related Complex
Suicidal Ideation
HIV Infections
Referral and Consultation
Central Nervous System
AIDS/HIV
Psychology
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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Incidence of suicidality in AIDS and HIV-positive patients attending a psychiatry outpatient program. / O'Dowd, Mary A.; Biderman, D. J.; McKegney, F. P.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 34, No. 1, 1993, p. 33-40.

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