Pietermaritzburg Professor Doug Wassenaar is a clinical psychologist at the School of Psychology

Anthony Pillay, Douglas Wassenaar
2007 CME May   unpublished
The management of suicidal behaviour tends to evoke a range of feelings and responses in health practitioners. These include anxiety, confusion, hostility, avoidance and a host of other negative feelings, many of which may be due to uncertainty and perceived impotence in dealing with the patient's self-destructive ideas and behaviours. Adolescents with suicidal tendencies have a rather distinct set of problems compared with those affecting adults. The management of the suicidal ideation may
more » ... al ideation may rest on the resolution of those difficulties and the alleviation of depressive symptoms.