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J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2010 Spring;22(2):182-7. doi: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.22.2.182.

Suicide in patients with stroke: a population-based study of suicide victims during the years 1988-2007 in northern Finland.

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Department of Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, P.O. Box 26, FIN-90029 OYS, Finland.

Abstract

The authors studied the prevalence of stroke among suicide victims and whether prestroke depression had influence on suicide process. The authors used a comprehensive database of all suicides (N=2,283) committed in Northern Finland over a period of 15 years with information on all hospital-treated somatic and psychiatric disorders. Of the total suicide data population, 3.4% had suffered from stroke. After adjusting for age and sex, prestroke depression in stroke victims increased the hazard of suicide up to 2.2-fold compared to victims with stroke but without any lifetime depression. The high-risk period for suicide was 2 years after stroke.

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20463112
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10.1176/jnp.2010.22.2.182
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