Module C: Pathophysiology and Underlying Conditions and Disorders

CE Credits: 2.25


This module explores the varied and complex factors that contribute to attempted suicide—often a combination of genetic predisposition, medical and psychological factors. This module first explores the mental and physical conditions that may offer underlying reasons (from depression and anxiety disorder to cardiovascular disease and cancer), as well as the complicating factors of substance abuse. The module then explores the variety of stressors that can act as triggers, such as difficult military service, bullying (especially cyberbullying), socioeconomic status (SES) and a family history of suicide.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Discuss the etiology of suicidal ideation
» Identify the mental, psychiatric and physical conditions underlying suicidal thinking
» Review the association between substance use and suicidal ideation
» Discuss stressors that affect suicidal behavior
» Describe societal forces and stressors associated with suicidal ideation
» Examine personal forces and stressors associated with suicidal thinking

Advance your professional practice:: Case managers can help our patients most by seeing patients’ “big picture” of needs and issues. When we understand the many variables that contribute to a suicide risk, we are better equipped to intervene.


Improve organizational performance: Patients at risk of suicide may present with a complex set of issues—from substance abuse to emotional trauma and chronic pain. When our team members have a good grounding in what underlying causes may contribute to a risk of suicide, we can help patients get effective treatment quickly.