Suicide risk in skin disorders

Suicide accounts for about 1,000,000 deaths worldwide every year and is among the leading causes of death in young adults

Angelo Picardi; Ilaria Lega; Emanuele Tarolla

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • Suicide accounts for about 1,000,000 deaths worldwide every year and is among the leading causes of death in young adults
  • The literature consistently points to an increased suicide risk in patients with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and acne, with higher risk in patients in whom the skin condition is associated with clinically significant emotional distress, changes in body image, difficulties in close relationships, and impaired daily activities
  • Other risk factors for suicide include a history of suicide attempts, severe mental or physical disorders, alcoholism, unemployment, bereavement or divorce, and access to firearms or other lethal means
  • Dermatologists may play an important role in recognizing suicidal ideation and preventing fatal self-harm in their patients
  • Increasing dermatologists' awareness of the issue of suicide and developing mental health consultation-liaison services within dermatology settings would be instrumental in contributing to suicide prevention in this population

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