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ERIC Number: EJ939437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7077
High Suicide Risk after the Development of Cognitive and Working Memory Deficits Caused by Cannabis, Cocaine and Ecstasy Use
Pompili, Maurizio; Lester, David; Girardi, Paolo; Tatarelli, Roberto
Substance Abuse, v28 n1 p25-30 2007
We report the case of attempted suicide by a 30-year-old man who had significant cognitive deficits that developed after at least three years of polysubstance use with cannabis, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, "ecstasy") and cocaine. The patient reported increasing difficulties in his professional and interpersonal life which may have been associated with his cognitive dysfunction caused by his poly-drug use. In this setting, the patient complained of increasing symptoms of depression, including feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, and multi somatic complaints (based on DSM-IV criteria). These depressive symptoms led to the development of active suicidal ideation and ultimately to a suicide attempt. We propose that the patient's cognitive deficits resulted directly from his polysubstance use and contributed to his depression, suicide attempt and current serious suicidal ideation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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