Suicidal behavior in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2022 Jan 26. doi: 10.1007/s11920-022-01312-9. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, many social changes have taken place in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease. These sudden changes in daily life have also changed our relationship with others, in addition to creating a climate of uncertainty and fear. Therefore, the aim of this review is to compile published data on the consequences of suicidal behavior in the first months after the onset of the pandemic.

RECENT FINDINGS: The analysis reflects a concern about suicide-related issues since the start of the pandemic. A large number of online surveys have been published and have provided data on relatively large populations. The percentage of the population having suicidal ideation during this period appears to be around 5-15%. Many studies associate suicidal ideation with being young, female, and having sleep problems. Surveys of healthcare workers do not seem to indicate a higher prevalence of suicidal ideation compared to the general population. The incidence of suicide attempts seen in emergency departments does not appear to have changed, while the number of visits for other problems, unrelated to suicide, has decreased. The few studies of completed suicide do not indicate an increase in incidence during these first 6 months since March 2020, when the WHO declared the start of the pandemic. There do not appear to have been any major changes in the numbers related to suicidal behavior in studies of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, although it is still too early to know what consequences it will have. will have in the long run. The social and economic damage resulting from the pandemic will certainly take a long time to recover.

PMID:35080711 | DOI: 10.1007/s11920-022-01312-9