Complex suicide is one approach to committing suicide.


In complex suicide more than 1 method capable of causing death is used in parallel or in sequence.


A complex suicide may be:

(1) planned or

(2) unplanned.


In a planned complex suicide more than 1 method is employed from the outset to make sure that death is certain. For example, Adolf Hitler planned to commit suicide by both taking poison and shooting himself in the head.


In an unplanned complex suicide a second method is used when the first method either fails or has to be abandoned for some reason (pain, etc).


Differential diagnosis:

(1) complicated suicide (see next section)

(2) taking a sublethal amount of a sedative to be unconscious when the fatal event occurs


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