New approach to suicides among the elderly
More details
Hide details
Clinic for Internal, Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Lublin, Poland
Corresponding author
Zdzisław Brzeski
Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-950 Lublin, Poland.
J Pre Clin Clin Res. 2009;3(1):64-66
Suicidal attempts among the elderly constitute up to 5% of the total number of suicidal attempts. Many biological, psychological and sociological factors contribute to suicidal reactions, especially among the older generation. The authors performed clinical and toxicological analysis of acute poisonings among the elderly population, inhabitants of urban and rural areas, provided with inpatient treatment in the Toxicology Clinic at the Institute of Agricultural Medicine in Lublin during the period 1999-2005. The study was expanded by psychological-psychiatric examination of the attitudes of people who had undertaken a suicidal attempt. The causes of suicidal poisonings were mainly psychotropic drugs, sometimes in combination with ethyl alcohol. The most frequent motivation was depression preceeding poisoning, as well as confl ict situations in a family, at home, and in the environment. In the presented material concerning suicidal attempts among the elderly, psychosomatic diseases were dominant, both in rural and urban environments of the region.
Groszek B: Advanced age toxicology. Przegl Lek 2002, 59(4-5), 204-206.
Skręt K, Mańkowski W: Acute intoxication in patients over 65 yearsolds treated in Toxicological Center in Poznań in the years 1997-2001. Przegl Lek 2002, 59(4-5), 334-335.
Polewka A, Bolechała F, Skupień E, Trela F, Zięba A: Completed suicide and depression in the elderly. Przegl Lek 2002, 59(4-5), 295-297.
Polewka A, Kroch S, Chrostek-Maj J, Pach J, Zięba A: Suicide attempts by self-poisoning among the elderly. Przegl Lek 2002, 59(4-5), 291- 294.
Brzeski Z: Chemical burns of alimentary tract – causes, pre-specialist assistance. Medycyna Ogolna 2002, 8(2), 119-126.
Brzeski Z: Carbon monoxide – new hazards in environmental toxicology Medycyna Ogolna 2002, 8(4), 319-325.
Ahrens B, Linden M: Is there a suicidality syndrome independent of specyfi c psychoatric disorfed?. Result of split half mulitiple regression analysis. Acta Psych Scand 1996, 94, 79.
Cheng ATA: Mental illness and suicide. Arch Gen Psych 1995, 52, 594.
Martin G, Rozanes P, Pearce C, Allison S: Adolescent suicide depression and family dysfunction. Acta Psych Scand 1995, 92, 336.
Targosz D, Pach D: Eff ect of age on medical complications in acute carbon monoxide poisoning. Przegl Lek 2002, 59(4-5), 314-317.
Targosz D, Szkotnicka B, Morawska J, Pach J, Groszek B: The pattern of poisoning with chemical compounds in Cracow inhibitants hospitalized at the Department of Clinical Toxicology of the Jagiellonian University Medical College in 1997-2001 in relation to age. Przegl Lek 2002, 59(4-5), 325-330.
Journals System - logo
Scroll to top