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Suicide and gambling on the public record


Gill, D and Ahmadi, J and Pridmore, S, Suicide and gambling on the public record, Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry, 23, (1) pp. 1-8. ISSN 2232-0385 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Objective: Current western medical wisdom is that suicide is always or almost always the result of mental disorder. Our objective was to explore the public record for a relationship between suicide and gambling, in the absence of mental disorder.

Method: The public record was examined for examples of individuals without stated evidence of mental disorder who completed suicide in the setting of recent gambling losses.

Results: We identified a 17th century opinion suggesting gambling losses could lead to suicide, and 10 individual cases (including a decorated policeman, a professional athlete and two engineers).

Conclusions: This evidence strongly suggests that in the absence of evidence of mental disorder, gambling losses may lead to suicide.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gambling, suicide, mental health
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:Gill, D (Dr David Gill)
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:96393
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-11-04
Last Modified:2015-04-21

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