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Suicide: Accept the possibility of depressive illness

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 12 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:473
  1. J Hedges
  1. Health Centre Practice, Health Centre, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 7BS
  2. Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY.

    EDITOR, - I feel qualified to comment on the anonymous personal view discussing the right to commit suicide,1 having been similarly thwarted in a serious attempt to take my life. Before this event my suicidal ideation, during periods when life seemed to present unending pressures, seemed a normal thought process, offering the reassurance of a final solution if all others failed. I presumed that being an effective general practitioners, carrying a full practice load, was evidence of sanity,and I could not have accepted that I was suffering major depressive episodes that would benefit from antidepressant treatment.

    Adequate antidepressant treatment - made possible by the positive, supportive, non-judgmental attitude of my partners, family, and a …

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