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Original Article
June 1988

San Diego Suicide Study: III. Relationships Between Diagnoses and Stressors

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Dr Rich); the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego (Drs Fowler and Young); and the Research Service, San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center (Ms Fogarty).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1988;45(6):589-592. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1988.01800300087012

• Few attempts have been made to look for potential correlations between psychiatric diagnoses and psychosocial stressors in suicides. In this study, we examine relationships between the most common psychiatric illnesses and the most common stressors in 283 suicides from San Diego County. We found that interpersonal loss/conflicts occurred more frequently near the time of death for substance abusers with and without depression than for persons with “pure” affective disorder. These findings are consistent with those of previous reports, suggesting a difference between the way suicidal persons with substance abuse and pure affective disorder respond to certain external stressors.

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