If a patient’s presentation meets 1 or more criteria from both of the above categories, there is an increased chance that they may be considering suicide. In this case, it is important to complete a thorough suicide risk assessment at the time of your consultation.
It is also recommended that they be referred to a psychologist for a more comprehensive assessment. To book an appointment with a psychologist, contact Strategic Psychology on (02) 6262 6157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.