Prospective long-term follow-up of depressed patients with and without suicide attempts

  • T. Bronisch
  • H. Hecht
Original Articles


This 4–6-year prospective follow-up study compared reactive depressives with (n=48) and without suicide attempts before index admission (n=24). Both groups showed a favourable course and outcome concerning psychiatric diagnoses (DSM-III), psychopathology, social integration, and social functioning as well as displaying a nearly identical course and outcome. In both groups, two patients committed suicide attempts during the follow-up period. 2 (1) male patients from the group with suicide attempts committed suicide.

Key words

Depression Suicide attempt Long-term follow-up 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Bronisch
    • 1
  • H. Hecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMax-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Clinical InstituteMunich 40Germany

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