Suicide rates revised for depression | Science News


Suicide rates revised for depression

5:50pm, January 5, 2001

Two influential research reviews, one published in 1970 and the other in 1990, concluded that about 15 percent of people diagnosed with depression will end up killing themselves.

A new study indicates that this widely cited figure considerably overstates the suicide risk among depressed people. Their actual suicide risk ranges from 2 percent to 8.6 percent, according to the study, which appears in the December American Journal of Psychiatry. Around 1 percent of the general population in the United States commits suicide.

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