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 Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||gambling, suicide, mental health|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Mental health services|
|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)|
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