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2020 03

Lancet Psychiatry



Understanding suicidal ideation and behaviour in individuals with chronic pain: a review of the role of novel transdiagnostic psychological factors.


Individuals with chronic pain are at an elevated risk of suicide, yet psychosocial factors that might be involved in increasing or decreasing vulnerability for suicidal ideation and behaviour have received little attention. Extant literature on the topic of suicide in individuals with chronic pain incorporates only a few of the wide array of known vulnerability and protective factors. This Review focuses on transdiagnostic psychological processes, (ie, those of relevance for both chronic pain and suicide). We reviewed a selection of published literature on chronic pain and suicide, concentrating on previously unexplored and underexplored lines of research, including future orientation, mental imagery, and psychological flexibility. A greater degree of crosspollination between the fields of chronic pain and suicide research is required to progress our understanding of why some people with chronic pain become suicidal and others do not.