New Publication from ATB-PRC Researchers Finds Catastrophic Thoughts About the Future are Linked to Suicide Attempts

According to the press release:

“Suicide has been on the increase recently in the United States, currently accounting for almost 40,000 deaths a year.  A new study shows that one successful effort to avoid suicide attempts would be to focus on correcting the distorted, catastrophic thoughts about the future that are held by many who try to kill themselves.  Such thoughts are unique and characteristic to those who attempt suicide, says Shari Jager-Hyman of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the US. Jager-Hyman led a study, published in Springer’s journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, about how distorted thoughts influence suicidal behaviors in patients who seek emergency psychiatric treatment.”

“To prevent suicides, therapists would benefit from directly targeting patients’ thoughts of hopelessness in clinical interventions,” says Jager-Hyman. “A cognitive approach can help patients evaluate their beliefs that negative outcomes will inevitably occur, and show them how to entertain other possible options. This can help to minimize patients’ thoughts of hopelessness, help them to cope better, and ideally decrease their suicidal ideation and behaviors.”


The full press release: Catastrophic thoughts about the future linked to suicidal patients

The full article in Cognitive Therapy and Research: Cognitive Distortions and Suicide Attempts

 

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