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Suicidal Ideation and Suicidal Behavior in Delusional Disorder: A Clinical Overview

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Course Description: This course is based upon material published in the Psychiatry Journal of the Hindawi Publishing Corporation and is double blind, peer reviewed article that is available as an open access journal.

Most of the existing studies suggest that suicide is one of the leading causes of premature death in patients with chronic psychotic disorders. However, very few studies have specifically investigated suicidal behavior in patients with delusional disorder. Thus, our objective was to review the literature regarding the percentage of lifetime ideation and suicidal behavior in delusional disorder in order to provide suggestions for clinical practice.  Methods. MEDLINE and PsycINFO were searched from January 1980 to September 2012 using the following keywords: delusional disorder, paranoia, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behavior. Results. A total of 10 studies were identified and included in the review. The percentage of suicidal behavior in delusional disorder was established between 8 and 21percent, which is similar to schizophrenia. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts were more frequent in patients showing persecutory and somatic delusions in the reviewed studies. Conclusions. To the best of our knowledge this is the first attempt to specifically review the suicide phenomenon in patients with delusional disorder. Interestingly, our results support the notion that percentages of both suicidal ideation and behavior in delusional disorder are similar to patients with schizophrenia.

This course on suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior in delusional disorder is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work.  This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior. The course material includes a brief literature review.  It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.  

The course is based on a journal article which includes research.  It contains statistical analysis and data that some clinicians enjoy reading and others do not.  A major benefit of reading research based articles for continuing education is they provide practitioners with the latest findings in their field. 

Authors:  Gonzalez Rodriguez, Molina Andreu, Odriozola, Ferrer, Penades and Catalan.

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior in delusional disorder .  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Describe the incidence of suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior in delusional disorder.

  • Identify differences in age and gender in suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior in patients with delusional disorder.

  • Recognize  which types of delusional disorder are associated with higher rates of suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior.

Citation:  Gonzalez Rodriguez, Molina Andreu, Odriozola, Ferrer, Penades and Catalan. (2014). Suicidal Ideation and Suicidal Behaviour in Delusional Disorder:

A Clinical Overview. Psychiatry Journal Volume 2014, Article ID 834901, 8 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/83490

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