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Latest Suicidal ideation Stories

2009-04-13 15:36:04

Adolescents and young adults typically consider peer relationships to be all important. However, it appears that strong family support, not peer support, is protective in reducing future suicidal behavior among young adults when they have experienced depression or have attempted suicide. New research that will be presented here April 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology shows that high school depression and a previous suicide attempt were significant predictors...

2009-04-01 11:55:07

A U.S. study found the more types of sleep disturbances people had, the more likely they were to have thoughts of killing themselves or attempting suicide. Study author Dr. Marcin Wojnar of the University of Michigan and the University of Warsaw in Poland said that identifying those at high risk of suicide is important in preventing it and these findings indicate that insomnia may be a modifiable risk factor for suicide in the general population. This has implications for public health as the...

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2009-03-26 08:43:08

A University of Iowa study found that when a friend of a friend attempts suicide, at-risk teens are more likely to seriously consider doing so. But at-risk teens are less likely to be suicidal if they hold summer jobs. In fact, summer employment is more of a deterrent than holding a job during the school year, attending church, participating in sports or living in a two-parent home, according to the research by Rob Baller, associate professor of sociology in the University of Iowa College of...

2009-03-16 20:23:51

Body dissatisfaction -- independent of actual overweight status -- has an impact on suicidal behavior in U.S. girls, researchers said. The researchers found the perception of being overweight among girls raised the probability of suicidal thoughts by 5.6 percent, the probability of a suicide attempts by 3.2 percent and the probability of injury causing suicide attempts by 0.6 percent. The prevalence of body dissatisfaction, among special populations of youths such as non-black girls, is...

2009-03-11 07:20:58

Adolescent girls who view themselves as too fat may display more suicidal behaviors than those who are actually overweight, according to a study by Inas Rashad, an assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University. Although studies have shown a link between obesity, depressive disorders and suicidal behaviors, Rashad and Dhaval Dave of Bentley University, analyze these indicators in conjunction with an individual's perception of their weight. The study, which was accepted for...

2009-03-03 09:02:53

People with a likely history of depression who take varenicline (Chantix®) do not report more severe mood symptoms, medication side effects, or less success quitting smoking compared to people with no history of depression taking this drug.  The findings by Group Health, Free & Clear, and SRI International researchers are reported in a Journal of General Internal Medicine article published online (www.springerlink.com/content/77207452k3822r3v/). The National Cancer...

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2008-09-01 16:30:00

Federal investigators are currently investigating claims that certain drugs prescribed for asthma, controlling seizures or quitting smoking may be linked to a high risk of suicide. Food and Drug Administration officials have already been actively investigating whether or not certain psychiatric drugs had led to suicide, but now they have been spurred to expand their investigation due to claims coming from families who claim other classes of drugs led their family members to commit suicide....

2008-08-18 06:00:38

By Sharon Jayson BOSTON -- A comprehensive study of suicidal thinking among college students found more than half of the 26,000 surveyed had suicidal thoughts at some point. The Web-based survey in spring 2006 used separate samples of undergraduate and graduate students from 70 colleges and universities. Of the 15,010 undergraduates, 55% had ever thought of suicide; 18% seriously considered it; and 8% made an attempt. Among 11,441 graduate students, exactly half had such thoughts;...

2006-08-28 14:25:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A "significant proportion" of survivors of childhood cancers have suicidal thoughts or have actually attempted suicide many years after treatment, a survey shows. Cancer survivors with pain and physical changes are particularly vulnerable. The survey of 226 adult survivors of childhood found that 29 -- nearly 13 percent -- reported "suicidality." Nineteen reported suicidal thoughts alone; one had attempted suicide in the past but wasn't currently having suicidal...

2006-03-07 11:49:16

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - During the early phase of antidepressant treatment of pediatric patients, there is a slight increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, the results of several studies suggest. However, the US Food and Drug Administration research team that conducted the study review does not discourage the use of antidepressant drugs for children. Instead, they advise "close monitoring of patients as a way of managing the risk of suicidality," according to their...