Suicidality — not a typo


In my last post about the word hegemony, I was telling how I learned this word from a submission by a fellow writer in a writers’ critique group.  Well, it happen in my other group recently too.
One of my fellow writers has extensive military background working in the area of suicide prevention.  In a paper he is writing as a magazine article on the topic he used the word suicidality.  I started to mark the word as a typo.  Knowing this writer is much more educated and smarter than me, I looked it up.

The definition of suicidality is — the likelihood of an individual completing suicide.

Further research shows that the word was coined by the Food and Drug Administration in a public release on October 15, 2004.  The FDA was directing manufacturers of all antidepressant drugs to revise the labeling for their products to include a boxed warning and expanded warning statements that alert health care providers to an increased risk of suicidality.

Now you know.


One response to “Suicidality — not a typo

  1. Patricia Clayton

    In other words, the FDA coined the word specifically for the pharmaceutical approval process, but does that constitute a “word” per se? I work in the pharma ad business and have a client that decided to scratch the word (specifically designed for them, per your article) and use “suicide” instead of “suicidality” in their definition of the CGI-SS scale (Clinical Global Impression-Severity of Suicidality [according to the NIH studies using it]). What’s the difference between jargon and a coined word that even the industry it was designed for has rejected its use?