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Emotions Associated with Suicidal Ideation, From A Real-Time Assessment Study

Emotions Associated with Suicidal Ideation, From A Real-Time Assessment Study

 

First published in Psychiatry Weekly, Volume 7, Issue 13, July 9, 2012

 

Previous research suggests that feelings of hopelessness are predictive of suicidal ideation. In a recent study published in Psychiatry Research, researchers used mobile devices to ping subjects throughout the day to conduct real-time assessments of emotions associated with suicidal ideation. When prompted by a mobile device, 31 psychiatric inpatients hospitalized for depression completed multiple questionnaires each day for one week (completing a total of 1,350 questionnaires), answering questions on current symptoms, suicidal ideation, and affect. Aside from actual suicidal ideation, feeling bored, sad, or tense predicted suicidal thoughts in the next few hours following questionnaire completion. Hopelessness was not associated with suicidal ideation in this study. The authors of this study suggest that real-time interventions to help reduce the immediate intensity of the above emotions may reduce suicidal ideation in turn. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165178111007827

-LS