Suicide Genetic Link Holds Promise for Future Care

GREAT NECK, NY-- A New York psychiatrist says a new study linking a person’s genetic code with their likelihood of experiencing suicidal thoughts could open up a lot of possibilities to treat people before they become suicidal.

According to the study, researchers believe they have discovered a genetic indicator of a person’s vulnerability to the effects of stress and anxiety and, therefore, the risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts.

 “It is still early in the investigation stage, but it certainly appears to be a promising line of examination,” says Victor Fornari MD, chief of the division of child and adolescent psychology at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park. “It ultimately could help us understand or predict who may be predisposed to, and at greater risk for, experiencing suicidal thoughts.”

Dr. Fornari adds that it’s important for people who carry this gene to seek medical help.
“If a person learns they do carry this genetic marker, it is important to be mindful and monitor their mood, to realize they may be susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts and to seek medical treatment if they do experience these thoughts.”

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