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Mental disorders and the biological substrate of suicide

Robert D. Goldney

in Suicide Prevention

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199677580
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191757044 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199677580.003.0005

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Mental disorders and the biological substrate of suicide

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All mental disorders are associated with a higher risk of suicide. Mood disorders, schizophrenia and substance abuse are strongly associated with suicide. Co-morbidity is common. There is an inherited basis to some suicides. Serotonin and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis abnormalities are associated with suicide. Biological factors lack specificity for suicide. There is an interaction between genetic susceptibility and the environment.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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