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Can A Blood Test Predict Suicide?

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Published on Aug 21, 2013

A small study suggests there may be a biological marker for those who think about or try to commit suicide. Anthony explains this crazy, controversial claim and what it could mean for the way we treat mental illness.

Read More:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Researchers identify biomarkers for possible blood test to predict suicide risk
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-08...
"Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have found a series of RNA biomarkers in blood that may help identify who is at risk for committing suicide."

Predictors of suicidal behaviour found in blood
http://www.nature.com/news/predictors...
"Changes in gene expression can indicate heightened risk for self-harm."

Brain Science Upstages DSM-V, So-Called Mental Health 'Bible'
http://gma.yahoo.com/brain-science-up...
"Since the 1970s, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, has reigned as the so-called "bible" of psychiatry. But now, with the May 22 release of its fifth edition, the DSM-5 is losing some of the support of its faithful."

The promise and challenges of biomarkers for mental illnesses
http://theconversation.com/the-promis...
"The human brain is the location of personality, emotion, learning and wisdom in a unique individual."

Biomarkers in psychiatry: drawbacks and potential for misuse
http://www.intarchmed.com/content/3/1/1
"For more than 20 years, researchers have attempted to identify diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, major (unipolar) depression, and bipolar disorder."

Biomarkers trump behavior in mental illness diagnosis
http://www.psynova-neurotech.com/down...
Here's how doctors decide which mental or neurological disorder their troubled patients
suffer from: they ask questions like, "Are you hearing voices?" and "Do you feel like people are out to get you?"

Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/...
"If you're having chest pain, your doctor can test you for a heart attack. If you're having hip pain, your doctor could test for osteoarthritis."

Watch More:
Why Suicide?:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNgLrH...
Mushrooms & Depression:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdWQ-B...
Total Brain BS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYWamU...

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