Suicide rates in Hungary correlate negatively with reported rates of depression

Zoltan Rihmer, Judit Barsi, Katalin Veg, Cornelius L.E. Katona

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Regional variations across Hungary in suicide rate and in rate of treated depression were examined. Regional differences in suicide rate as well as psychiatric morbidity were consistent over the 3 years examined (1985, 1986 and 1987). The suicide rate showed a significant negative correlation with the rate of treated depression in each of the 3 years, and weaker negative correlations with perinatal mortality and divorce rate. No correlation between suicide rate and rate of schizophrenia was found. The results suggest that underdiagnosis of depression may contribute to Hungary's very high suicide rate. The implications of this for medical education and psychiatric practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of affective disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1990



  • Diagnosis
  • Hungary
  • Incidence of depression
  • Suicide rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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