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Suicidal thoughts among elderly driven by physical health socioeconomic vulnerabilities

The majority of thoughts of death and suicide among older adults were tied to physical, economic and family factors, not depression, new research shows. Past psychological autopsy studies implicate depression in the majority of late-life suicides; however, when study participants were asked by psychiatrists about thoughts of death and suicide using a standard depression screening tool, elderly adults blamed factors other than depression 75% of the time.
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