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Bipolar Disorders

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PSYC 205
Elaine Power

Valtonen & al assessed patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder and determined that hopelessness predicted suicidal behaviour during depressive phases, whereas a subjective rating of severity od depression and younger age predicted suicide attempts during mixed phases. A significant number of people who are not depressed make suicidal attemps, some with success – most notable people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. PERSPECTIVES ON SUICIDE: Berkheim’s sociological Theory: • Durkheim distinguished three different kinds of suicide: o Egoistic suicide: committed by people who have few ties to family, society, or community. These people fel alienated from others and cut off from the social supports that are important to keep them functioning adaptively as social beings. o Altruistic Suicide: is viewed as a response to societal demands. Some people who commit suicide feel very much a part of a group and sacrifice themselves for what they take to be the goof of society. o Anomic suicide: triggered by a sudden change in a person’s relationship to society. A successful executive who suffers severe financial reverses may experience anomie, a sense of disorientation, beucase what he or she believed to be a normal way of living is no longer possible. Psychological Theories: • Risk factor model: four categories of relevant factors:  Predisposing factors are enduring factors that make a person vulnerable to suicidal behaviour(e.g psychological disorder, abuse, early loss.)  Precipitating factors are acute factors that create a crisis (e.g. end of a relationship, job loss)...  Contributing factors (e.g. physical illness, sexual identity issues, isolation).  Protective factors decrease the risk of suicidal behaviours (e.g. personal resilience, adaptive coping skills)... • Baumeister’s Exape Theory and Perfectionism:  Holds that some suicides arise from a strong desire to escape from aversive self-awareness, from the painful awareness of shortcomings and failures that the person attributes to himself.  A discrepancy between high expectations for intimacy and a reality that falls short. • Shneidman’s Approach:  Regards suicide as a conscious effort to seek a solution to a problem that is causing intense and intolerable psychological suffering and pain, or what he refers to as “psychache”.  To the sufferer, this solution ends consciousness and unendurable pain. • Perfection and Moderator Hypothesis:  Perfectionism is a personality trait that poses a dispositional vulnerability to negative outcomes, and components of perfectionism may interact with negative life events or other factors such as coping strategies or social support to trigger a chain of events that ultimately lead to suicidality. • Additional Psychological Factors:  Suicidal individuals are more rigid in heir approach t
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