Article of International Journal of Psychology and Health 

DEPRESSION AS A PRIMARY FACTOR FOR SUICIDE OCCURRENCE IN ELDERLY

Teixeira G.C1; Zacarias L.A.B2; Bringel M.C.F3; Silva M.L.Z4; Santos R.A.A5; Maia C.S6.
1,2,3,5Estudante do Curso de Medicina – UFPE; 4Estudante do Curso de Medicina – FMO; 6Docente/Pesquisador do Departamento de Histologia e Embriologia – UFPE.

Abstract:
Suicide is considered a concerning health issue worldwide, accounting for about one million deaths per year and affects mostly older people. In this age group, although other factors, such as alcoholism, it is clear that the manifestations of depression have inseparably linked to the cases of suicide, as quoted by relatives or people nearby. The main purpose was to demonstrate the intrinsic relationship between depression and its manifestations with cases of suicide reported in cases where the object of study is the elderly. This is a literature review made by searching into the database Biblioteca Virtual de Saúde (BVS), Medical Publications (PubMed), Latin American Literature in Health Sciences (LILACS) and Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO). Articles from 2010 to 2016 were used. In view of the depression being the leading cause of suicide among the elderly, actions are necessary to improve the quality of life in this population and thus reduce rates of attempted suicide and concrete act. it was noted that the literature on the intrinsic relationship between depression and suicide in the elderly is very scarce, so more research is needed in this area and also awareness of society.

Keywords:
Depression; Seniors; Suicide.

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