suicidal gesture


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gesture

 [jes´cher]
an act made or something said to signify intention or attitude.
suicidal gesture a more serious warning than a suicide threat; it may be followed by a planned suicidal act that attracts attention without seriously injuring the subject.

suicidal gesture

Any behavior or action that might be–or might have been, in the case of successful completion thereof–interpreted as indicating a person's desire or intent to commit suicide. See Cry for help.
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Overwhelmed by his own suicidal gesture, Ian sputters out what he has done, aghast at how he chose to do it yet felt like it was happening without him, as if fated: "it was so easy.
The results indicated that 74% of these adolescents reported being under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs at the time of the suicidal gesture. A total of 101 attempts had been made among the 50 adolescents in this group.
In another study, 40 patients hospitalized for suicidal ideation (n = 29, 72%) or suicidal gestures (n = 11, 28%) in a large, urban tertiary care center were evaluated for malingering by anonymous report of feigned or exaggerated symptoms.
Often they take their guilt, rage and self-hatred out on themselves through self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse (which also deadens psychic pain); promiscuous and unprotected sex; walking alone in dangerous areas at night; cutting legs, thighs, arms and pubic areas; tearing out eyebrows and hair; hustling or prostituting; or making suicidal gestures.
We used a rather broad definition of self-harm, including what Motto called suicidal gestures, in cases where intent was difficult to determine on the basis of case records.
1986]), a doctor was sued for wrongful death after his patient hanged herself following hospital admission for suicidal gestures. She was admitted to a private room instead of a special locked room.
"Many well-meaning individuals believe that when people (especially children) exhibit suicidal gestures or messages, they are 'attention-seeking.' Teens' 'help-seeking' through risky behavior or suicidal statements have been minimized through such euphemisms as 'she is a drama queen,' 'he just needs better limits,' or 'it's just a call for help,' as if it is normal or healthy for a teen to write in his or her English classes about morbid death wishes, or 'doodle' in a notebook startling images of death, or to inflict self-injury alongside verbal messages of hopelessness.
Barr suggested that this is a problem because correctional officers who believe an individual is faking suicidal gestures will often fail to refer the inmate to a mental health counselor.
those who made impulsive suicidal gestures or deliberately harmed themselves, either as a punitive gesture or to draw attention to themselves or to their plight.
We have seen adolescents from extremely pathological circumstances make relatively harmless suicidal gestures: they nevertheless warrant full psychosocial care and follow-up.