By On August 8th, 2005

Cognitive Therapy Halves Second Suicide Attempts

The statistics on suicide in America are harrowing: over thirty thousand people die from suicide each year, and over 133,000 are hospitalized as the result of a suicide attempt. Recently, the August 3rd edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association came out with an interesting bit of research that indicated significnt strides in reducing the risk of second suicide attempts.

“The study followed the 120 participants for 18 months. Over that time, 13 (24.1 percent) of those who got cognitive therapy made a second suicide attempt, compared to 23 (41.6 percent) of those who got standard treatment. Measurements of depression found significantly lower levels for the cognitive therapy group.”

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