Depressive symptoms and factors associated with depression and suicidal behavior in substances user in treatment: Focus on suicidal behavior and psychological problems


The objective was to investigate the prevalence of depressive symptoms, psychological problems, suicidal behaviour and their associations in substance users in treatment. It was a cross-sectional study, with 307 substance users in an out-patient treatment facility, was undertaken. Socio-demographic data, psychoactive substances used, depressive symptoms, and suicide information were obtained. The results were: 70% of participants were depressed; of those, 8.1% were either under the influence of drugs or in withdrawal. Suicidal ideation was found to be present in those who had anxiety, were nervous, had depressive symptoms, or were under drug influence or in withdrawal. It is important to identify potential suicidal risk factors and implement the management of these conditions in substance users.

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