Risk of Suicide

Not all people who experience a mood disorder are at increased risk for suicide. However, there is evidence to suggest that people with depression and bipolar disorder are at considerably higher risk. Those with depression or bipolar disorder, who do consider suicide, are most vulnerable during a depressive episode. The risk of suicide multiplies if the person is also actively using drugs and/or alcohol. A past experience with self-harm is also known to increase the risk.

Suicide Risk in Mood Disorders

As suicidal behaviour manifests in patients with mood disorder in a state-dependent fashion, a majority (but not all) of suicide risk factors are timely related to the given mood episodes.