Problems of importance for suicide attempts - the patients´ views.
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This study was designed to investigate suicide attempters' views on problems underlying their suicidal behavior. A questionnaire comprising 17 problems was presented to 54 non-consecutive patients (men/women=25/29, mean age 36 ±14 years) admitted to a specialized psychiatric ward following an attempt. (In the large majority of cases the method was self-poisoning. 37% had previously attempted suicide.) The most common problem was 'feelings of loneliness,' followed by 'mental illness or psychiatric symptoms.' Men more often experienced socio-economical problems, whereas women more often mentioned psychiatric problems and interpersonal relation difficulties. Patients diagnosed with adjustment disorder more often experienced recent/current problems in relationships than those with other disorders. High numbers of problems mentioned were related to being "never married/single," having a poor social network and many depressive symptoms. In addition to psychiatric problems, interpersonal problems were in focus to most patients. The importance of listening to the patients' own views on their problems after a suicide attempt is discussed.