Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
The assessment of people with suicidal thoughts is far from an exact science.
If a person is evaluated by the primary health-care professional, he or she may be instructed to go immediately to the emergency department for further evaluation.
If evaluated in the emergency department, the emergency doctor may enlist the help of a psychiatrist for more expert diagnosis and treatment.
The assessment, whether in the medical office or emergency department, includes the following parts.
Medical interview: A person who is having thoughts of suicide is interviewed extensively by medical professionals. Questions will look for warning signs that a suicide attempt is imminent, such as the following:
Have you swallowed any medications or drugs?
What plan do you have for ending your life?
What circumstances in your life brought you to the point of suicide?