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IJCRR. 2014; 6(10): 57-63


A STUDY ON ATTEMPTED SUICIDE, ITS CLINICAL AND SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES IN A TERTIARY LEVEL HOSPITAL OF AHMEDABAD

Nimesh Parikh, Prateek Sharma, Hitendra Gandhi, Girish Banwari.

Abstract
Background and Objective: Suicide attempt is one of the top five causes of acute admissions inhospitals and the area is scantily explored. This study aims to identify the socio-demographic and clinical variables in patients of attempted suicide in a tertiary level hospital of Ahmedabad.
Method: After IRB approval, we approached the patientsof attempted suicide inpsychiatry OPD over a period of 3 months; demographic details were obtained from the consenting patients. They were then analyzed for presence ofmental illness in an interview based on DSM-IV TR andevident stressors. Beck`s Suicidal Intent Scale was applied on each study patient to know the severity of intent. The results were analyzed by spss v.20.
Results: 78 out of 115 cases approached, consented to be a part of this study of which 56.4%werefemales.66.6%patients were less than 30 years of age, 84.6% were less than 12th standard educated, 74.3% were single and 87.5% of the unemployed patients, were housewives. In our study, 93.6% of suicide attempters had underlying psychiatric illnesses. 53.8% were diagnosed to have adjustment disorder. 65% of the patients having serious suicidal intent, were females.
Conclusion: In our study, patients who are housewives (p=0.000); age

Key words: Suicide attempt, adjustment disorder, Ahmedabad



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