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A Blood Test for Suicide? Biomarkers May Identify People at Risk

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A blood test can tell you if you've got HIV, high cholesterol or certain kinds of cancer. Now scientists are trying to create a blood test that would reveal whether someone was about to commit suicide.

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Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:06 am

Danuta W (1248)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:53 am

Lisa W (143)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:18 am
Noted, ty Cal

. (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:28 am
So, it's a blood test in conjuncture with the questioning of a person's state of mind at the titme of the test.

Malgorzata Z (195)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:35 am
czytałam o tym, tylko jak wybierać osoby do badań?, wszystkich badać? No, bo jeśli inne symptomy wskazują, że ktoś może popełnić samobˇjstwo, to po co badanie krwi?

Malgorzata Z (195)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:38 am
Czytałam już o tym. Problem jest w tym, jak wybierać osoby do badań?, wszystkich badać? No bo jeśli są inne symptomy, wskazujace, że ktoś może popełnić samobˇjstwo, to po co badać krew?

Kenneth L (314)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:01 am
As with everything else in Biological Psychiatry, there is not a single extant proven biological or genetic biomarker for any mental condition or state. Only theories and speculations.. Regarding SAT1 or other genes---- correlation does not equal causation.
The end result of any unproven 'blood test for suicide' will be OBVIOUS. Simply a whole lot more people on psychotropic drugs.


Joanne D (38)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:45 am
Well, it does make sense to me. I know all I have to do is let my potassium level go down a little, and bingo! I'm suicidal. Amd it has nothing to do with depression. And if it isn't too bad, as little as one banana can snap me out of it.

MaryBeth Pacific (16)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:45 pm

Winn A (178)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:51 pm
Very Interesting

Jo S (619)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 1:11 pm
Interesting! Noted & shared.
Thanks Cal

GGmaSheila D (194)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:20 pm
Agree with Joanne, only with me it's chocolate...naw, I become homicidal. Thanks for the info but think there's too many variables such as parents, relatives, schools, bullies, abuse, environment, etc.

GGmaSheila D (194)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:20 pm
I'm noting okay but still no comments showing up...

Mitchell D (104)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:42 pm
Fascinating science, but I have to get on board with most of what Kenneth l. says.
I have worked in the MH field for over 45 years, and know just how sensitive this issue can be. I'm not sure about the result being simply more people on psychotropic drugs, as we already have 1/4 of the population on them, now, in the US. And, I'll bet, some of those are feeling suicial right now, anyway. that does not mean that they will act on the feelings.
People not in treatment of some sort suicide, and would not be saved by a blood test. For people in treatment there would be a variety of privacy issues around a blood test.
Still, this remains fascinating science.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:51 pm
Noted. Although interesting, I have to agree with Kenneth, too. Almost seems a bit like "Majority Report" where they target people ahead of time for crimes they haven't committed yet....

Melania P (122)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 10:48 am

Sergio Padilla (65)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:43 pm
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