How Does Cognitive Therapy Reduce Repeat Suicide Attempts by 50 Percent?


suicide attempters treated with cognitive therapy were 50 percent less likely
to try to kill themselves again within 18 months than those who did not receive
the therapy, report researchers supported by the National Institutes of
Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Centre for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A targeted form of cognitive therapy
designed to prevent suicide proved better at lifting depression and feelings
of hopelessness than the usual care
available in the community, according to Gregory Brown, Ph.D., Aaron Beck,
M.D., University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues, who published their findings
in the August 3, 2005 Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA)

even one previous attempt multiplies suicide risk by 38-40 times and suicide is
the fourth leading cause of death for adults under 65, a proven way to prevent
repeat attempts has important public health implications,” said NIMH

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