Dementia diagnosis can trigger suicide

According to a recent article in “www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/dementia-diagnosis-may-trigger-suicides-20090602-buej.html”The Age – An initial diagnosis of dementia can trigger suicide among patients.
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by ADELE HORIN
An early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be so confronting that it raises the risk of patients taking their own life, according to a leading psychiatrist. Baby boomers are particularly vulnerable.
Brian Draper, associate professor in psychiatry at the University of NSW, said people aged 50-70 diagnosed with dementia were eight to 10 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.

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