Care, Containment, and Countertransference: Managing the Suicidal Patient in Medical Settings
The psychiatric consultant had been paged “stat” to see an “acutely” suicidal patient whom the staff feared would jump out the window at any moment if they didn’t get help soon. Rushing breathlessly into the room, the consultant found the patient lying quietly in bed, staring off into space while a nurse paced anxiously at his side. The man, a 45-year-old former construction worker, told the consultant angrily that he wanted to throw himself from the window because of recent surgery; he feared never being able to do anything for himself again. The patient, who had suffered for years with severe peripheral vascular disease associated with diabetes, suddenly pulled back the bed coverings to display his bilateral above-the-knee amputations.
KeywordsSuicide Attempt Suicidal Behavior Medical Personnel Medical Setting Physical Restraint
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