Study Identifies Symptoms of Suicide Risk
People who are about to attempt suicide exhibit many of the same symptoms, such as risky behavior, pacing around the room or other motions suggesting agitation and impulsivity. That was the main conclusion of new research presented at the 28th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress in Amsterdam.
To conduct their study, researchers analyzed 2,811 individuals with depression who were a part of the Bridge-II-MIX study, an international study of depression and suicide. A comparison was made between those who had and those who had not attempted suicide, but who were depressed. The researchers concluded that the risk of attempting suicide is at least 50 percent higher if a depressed patient presents symptoms like risky behavior (i.e., reckless driving), psychomotor agitation (pulling off clothing, wringing hands), and impulsivity (acting on a whim).
This new research calls for healthcare practitioners seeing patients with depression to pay particular attention for these symptoms.
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