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Tinnitus and suicide: recent cases on the public record give cause for reconsideration


Pridmore, S and Walter, G and Friedland, P, Tinnitus and suicide: recent cases on the public record give cause for reconsideration, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 147, (2) pp. 193-195. ISSN 0194-5998 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

DOI: doi:10.1177/0194599812446286


Suicides among tinnitus sufferers are rare. Indeed, on examining the public record (newspapers and the Web), the authors identified only 4 cases in the past 10 years that had been examined by a coroner. Nevertheless, the deaths of Rick Tharp, Dietrich Hectors, William Morris, and Robert McIndoe prompt reconsideration of the association between tinnitus and suicide that appears to be weak. The article also draws attention to a subject that is receiving attention in the medical literature--namely, the role of "precipitants" (in this case, tinnitus) in completed suicide and the need to screen some cases of severe, disabling tinnitus for the presence or absence of coinciding psychopathology, which is very amenable to treatment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:79978
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2012-10-16
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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