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The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management, Second Edition

Edited by Robert I. Simon, M.D., and Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-414-0
  • Item #62414


The second edition of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management has been extensively updated and expanded to more thoroughly reflect the challenges clinicians face in assessing and managing suicide risk—and ultimately in preventing tragedy. The number of chapters has been increased approximately 20%, from 28 to 34. In addition, 22 new chapter authors were recruited for the second edition, representing nearly half of the 50 authors from the first edition, to allow the reader to obtain a more varied and sometimes new point of view.

Focusing on core competencies where appropriate, the book offers many new features:

  • An extensively revised organization of sections and chapters to coincide with the natural sequence of events in evaluating and treating patients. Depending on where clinicians are in this series of events, they may more readily access information they need.
  • A robust and entirely new section on suicide prevention that includes chapters on lethal means restrictions, suicide prevention programs, and current research related to prevention
  • A chapter on suicide in the military, which was added to address the critical social challenge of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in soldiers returningfrom Iraq and Afghanistan
  • An entire chapter on the role of the Internet in subjecting people to intimidation, humiliation, and the exposure of private acts to the public sphere. Cyberbullying is an emergent problem, that clinicians should know about.
  • An extensive review of neurobiological findings related to the risk and completion of suicide, many of which have been reported since the last edition was published
  • A thoughtful discussion of the myriad issues raised by managed care, including “split” treatment, involving two clinicians managing a patient’s care.
  • A thorough exploration of the essential aspects of suicide risk assessment.

Unlike physicians in other fields, psychiatrists treating patients at risk for suicide do not have access to diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests to assist them. With this new edition of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management, clinicians can hone their assessment skills and ensure that their knowledge of suicide assessment and management is current, evidence-based, and comprehensive. When dealing with patients at risk for self-harm, nothing less will do.


PART I: Suicide Risk Assessment
Chapter 1. Suicide Risk Assessment: Gateway to Treatment and Management
Chapter 2. The Interpersonal Art of Suicide Assessment: Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Suicidal Intent, Ideation, and Actions
Chapter 3. The Clinical Risk Assessment Interview
Chapter 4. Cultural Competence in Suicide Risk Assessment
Chapter 5. Psychological Testing in Suicide Risk Management
PART II: Major Mental Disorders
Chapter 6. Depressive Disorders
Chapter 7. Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 8. Substance-Related Disorders
Chapter 9. Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 10. Schizophrenia
Chapter 11. Personality Disorders
PART III: Treatment
Chapter 12. Psychopharmacotherapy and Electroconvulsive Therapy
Chapter 13. Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention
Chapter 14. Psychodynamic Treatment
Chapter 15. Split Treatment: Coming of Age
PART IV: Treatment Settings
Chapter 16. Emergency Services
Chapter 17. Outpatient Treatment
Chapter 18. Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment
Chapter 19. Patient Safety and Freedom of Movement: Coping With Uncertainty
PART V: Special Populations
Chapter 20. Children, Adolescents, and College Students
Chapter 21. The Elderly
Chapter 22. Suicide Prevention in Jails and Prisons
Chapter 23. Clinical Management of Suicide Risk With Military and Veteran Personnel
Chapter 24. Suicide and Gender
PART VI: Special Topics
Chapter 25. Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior
Chapter 26. Combined Murder-Suicide
Chapter 27. Suicide and the Internet
Chapter 28. Patient Suicide and Litigation
Chapter 29. Therapeutic Risk Management of the Suicidal Patient
PART VII: Prevention
Chapter 30. Suicide Prevention by Lethal Means Restrictions
Chapter 31. Suicide Prevention Programs
Chapter 32. Suicide Research: Knowledge Gaps and Opportunities
PART VIII: Aftermath of Suicide and the Psychiatrist
Chapter 33. Psychiatrist Reactions to Patient Suicide
Chapter 34. Aftermath of Suicide: The Clinician’s Role
Appendix 1: Case Scenario Questions for Self-Study
Appendix 2: Answer Guide to Case Scenario Questions for Self-Study


Sara E. Allison, M.D.
Laura N. Antar, M.D., Ph.D.
Peter Ash, M.D.
Nazanin Bahraini, Ph.D.
Ross J. Baldessarini, M.D.
Amy Barnhorst, M.D.
Mark J. Bates, Ph.D.
Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
Alan L. Berman, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Bruce Bongar, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., F.A.P.M.
J. Michael Bostwick, M.D.
John C. Bradley, M.D.
Beth S. Brodsky, Ph.D.
Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D.
Frank R. Campbell, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., C.T.
Juan J. Carballo, M.D., Ph.D.
Cameron S. Carter, M.D.
Frank Chen, M.D.
Yeates Conwell, M.D.
Dianne Currier, Ph.D., M.P.H.
D. Edward Deneke, M.D.
Jan Fawcett, M.D.
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Michael Gitlin, M.D.
Liza H. Gold, M.D.
Matthew N. Goldenberg, M.D.
Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.
Lindsay M. Hayes, M.S.
Marnin J. Heisel, Ph.D.
Donald Hilty, M.D.
Eric Hollander, M.D.
Marco Innamorati, Psy.D.
H. Florence Kim, M.D., M.A.
Martin H. Leamon, M.D.
David Lester, Ph.D.
Carl P. Malmquist, M.D., M.S.
John T. Maltsberger, M.D.
J. John Mann, M.D.
Daryl Matthews, M.D., Ph.D.
Donald J. Meyer, M.D.
Jeffrey L. Metzner, M.D.
Paula T. Morelli, Ph.D.
Maria A. Oquendo, M.D.
Maurizio Pompili, M.D., Ph.D.
DivyRavindranath, M.D., M.S.
Patricia R. Recupero, J.D., M.D.
Phillip J. Resnick, M.D.
Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S.
M. David Rudd, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Charles L. Scott, M.D.
Andreea L. Seritan, M.D.
Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D.
Robert I. Simon, M.D.
Barbara Stanley, Ph.D.
Joseph B. Stoklosa, M.D.
Glenn R. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Michael E. Thase, M.D.
Leonardo Tondo, M.D., M.Sc.
Sheila Wendler, M.D.
Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D.
Glen L. Xiong, M.D.
Jong H. Yoon, M.D.
Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.

About the Authors

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., is Joe P. Tupin Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California; Medical Director of the Sacramento County Mental Health Services in Sacramento, California; and Editor-in-Chief of American Psychiatric Publishing.

This book attends to the full person, as well as to the complexity of suicide risk. It serves as a comprehensive resource for assessing and managing patients with suicidal ideation and behavior and coping with suicide. …The provision of case examples throughout this edition is indispensable, with key clinical concepts provided at the end of every chapter.—Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D., The American Journal of Psychiatry , 11/1/2012

The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management is likely the best and most comprehensive practitioner’s guide available for working with suicidal patients. It is encyclopedic in scope, chapter authors are among the leading national and international authorities on suicide, and the content has a consistent, unmistakable orientation toward evidence-based practice.—Thomas E. Ellis, PsyD, Journal of Psychiatric Practice May 2013

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