Depression and Suicide - Clinical and Research Approach


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2022-2023

Course director

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 12 hours

practices: 0 hours

seminars: 0 hours

total of: 12 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OXE-DON-h-T
  • 1 kredit
  • General Medicine
  • Elective modul
  • both semesters

ODP-GT1-T completed

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 15


Suicide is one of the human possibilities - death can be chosen, while the meaning of this choice is different. It appears to be a personal action, paradoxically, neurobiological and sociocultural factors play an important role in its etiology. Suicidal behaviour is a multiply determined act, but rarely occur outside a context of a psychiatric disorder. The stress–diathesis model of suicide and depression emphasizes both sides of the mind–body coin, the psychological and the biological. In the psychological aspect, past events may have sensitized individuals to see themselves as failures. The biological aspect implicates three biological systems: overactivity of the HPA axis, serotonergic and noradrenergic dysfunction. Mental illnesses, especially depressions are the most replicated predictors for suicides. The course reflects intention to approach and understand the phenomenon of suicide, its relation to depression, brain research, the treatment and prevention in a complex way.


  • 1. Suicide and depression-historical, cultural-clinical aspect - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 2. Suicide and depression-clinical aspect, comorbidity - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 3. Social-epidemiological results - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 4. Psychological approaches - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 5. Psychological approaches - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 6. Psychopathology-personality-temperament, psychobiology - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 7. Genetics-neurobiology - brain structural - functional changes, fMRI - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 8. Mental disorders and suicide, diagnosis - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 9. Mental disorders and suicide, diagnosis, fMRI results - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 10. Psychotherapy, prevention, Biological therapy - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 11. Pharmacotherapy and brain research data - Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • 12. Assisted suicide and euthanasia - Dr. Fekete Sándor



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department


Recommended literature

Kaplan Sadock: Synopsis of Psychiatry, 2005
Fekete S., Osvath, P.: Suicide Studies - from Genetics to Psychiatry and Culture, 2005

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

According to the Code of Studies and Examinations

Mid-term exams


Making up for missed classes

According to the Code of Studies and Examinations

Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Fekete Sándor
  • Dr. Osváth Péter
  • Dr. Vörös Viktor