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So a common question that they love asking is which factor is most important in assessing an individuals risk for suicide. We all know these factors BUT here's the tricky part (they never make it easy)....in the stem they will list a patient displaying multiple suicide factors and then they ask you to pick which one is the most important.

I don't think I've come across a listing yet which has ranked them in order of importance....does anyone know if such a ranking exists and what it is???


So here's my attempt at making a ranking....feel free to change it around to what you might think. Something like this should help us get some extra points.


1. Organized plan
2. Previous attempt
3. Depression
4. Ethanol or drug use
5. sickness
6. no spouse or family members
7. sex (male)
8. Age
9. loss of rational thinking
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err...just think heard from steve daugherty somewhere in his lecture..previous attempt to suicide is the commonest and dangermost cause..well correct me if i am wrong..but this list is absolutely helpful..thanks a lot for this
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err...just think heard from steve daugherty somewhere in his lecture..previous attempt to suicide is the commonest and dangermost cause..well correct me if i am wrong..but this list is absolutely helpful..thanks a lot for this
I can't correct cuz I don't know myself for sure .

I just made that list based on my own common sense. Please change it around if you feel its different and we can discuss it.

I agree with you that previous attempt is a very high risk factor but the reason I put it second is because when someone has an organized plan then they are definitely planning on committing suicide. Whereas if someone failed with a suicide attempt chances are that they are in a hospital and are probably going undergoing psychiatric treatment which would drop it one step below someone who has already got a plan.

I guess organized plan and previous suicide risk are interchangeable. Depending on which one is present in the stem then that would be the number 1 risk factor.

What do you think???
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err...just think heard from steve daugherty somewhere in his lecture..previous attempt to suicide is the commonest and dangermost cause..well correct me if i am wrong..but this list is absolutely helpful..thanks a lot for this

true... previous attemps is the most commonest dangersign....

1 previous attempts
2 male
3 white
4 separated, divorced, widowed
5 unemployed
6 living alone
7 poor health
8 nervous/mental disorder (dep etc.)
9 alcoholism
10 bet 6pm and 6am
11 bet april and sept

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I can't correct cuz I don't know myself for sure .

I just made that list based on my own common sense. Please change it around if you feel its different and we can discuss it.

I agree with you that previous attempt is a very high risk factor but the reason I put it second is because when someone has an organized plan then they are definitely planning on committing suicide. Whereas if someone failed with a suicide attempt chances are that they are in a hospital and are probably going undergoing psychiatric treatment which would drop it one step below someone who has already got a plan.

I guess organized plan and previous suicide risk are interchangeable. Depending on which one is present in the stem then that would be the number 1 risk factor.

What do you think???
absolutely right explanation...but thats the commonest cause its said...and when u add dangermost to it i think the answer becomes previous suicide attempt first..anyways..its a great post..i really though will be really scared if they give such a rank order list in exam and do a in the exam hall
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true... previous attemps is the most commonest dangersign....

1 previous attempts
2 male
3 white
4 separated, divorced, widowed
5 unemployed
6 living alone
7 poor health
8 nervous/mental disorder (dep etc.)
9 alcoholism
10 bet 6pm and 6am
11 bet april and sept


this is given in kap notes for ck
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true... previous attemps is the most commonest dangersign....

1 previous attempts
2 male
3 white
4 separated, divorced, widowed
5 unemployed
6 living alone
7 poor health
8 nervous/mental disorder (dep etc.)
9 alcoholism
10 bet 6pm and 6am
11 bet april and sept
I would agree with this...
I have seen some of this in Behavioural BRS. And previous attempts is the first one for sure!!! And the rest seems right as well.. Except is Alcoholism #9? I thought it would be above...?
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