- More than one-quarter of people with a history of suicide attempt (SA) reported positive screens for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Those with SA-related PTSD reported higher current suicidal intent than people with a history of SA without PTSD.
Why this matters
- Interest in SA-related PTSD is growing among clinical researchers, even though the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition does not include a person’s own SA as a potentially traumatic event related to PTSD.
- The study identified 386 survivors (18-69 years of age) of SA.
- Funding: US Department of Defense.
- 27.5% (95% CI, 23.1%-31.9%) of participants screened positive for a probable SA‐related PTSD diagnosis.
- Current suicidal intent was significantly higher in participants with SA-related PTSD at low levels of Patient Health Questionnaire‐8 depression symptoms (P=.016).
- Findings may not be generalizable.
Coauthored with Chitra Ravi, MPharm