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NIMH, U.S. Army Sign MOA to Conduct Groundbreaking Suicide Research
November 12, 2008 • Science Update
NIMH and the U.S. Army have entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to conduct research that will help the Army reduce the rate of suicides.
New Grant Aims to Reduce Rate of College Suicide by Helping Students Better Adjust
October 31, 2008 • Science Update
A new grant funded by NIMH will test an intervention designed to prevent or reduce suicide among college students.
Genes Linked to Suicidal Thinking During Antidepressant Treatment
September 27, 2007 • Press Release
Specific variations in two genes are linked to suicidal thinking that sometimes occurs in people taking the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, according to a large study led by scientists at NIMH. Depending on the particular mix inherited, these versions increased the likelihood of such thoughts from 2- to15-fold, the study found.
Drops in SSRI prescription rates may coincide with increases in youth suicides
September 19, 2007 • Science Update
A 2004 spike in suicide rates may have coincided with a drop in antidepressant prescriptions for youth, following warnings from U.S. and European regulatory agencies that the medications might trigger suicidal thoughts.
Male Veterans Have Double the Suicide Rate of Civilians
June 12, 2007 • Science Update
Male veterans in the general U.S. population are twice as likely as their civilian peers to die by suicide, a large study shows.
Gene Variants Linked to Suicidal Thoughts in Some Men Starting Antidepressant Treatment
June 7, 2007 • Science Update
Some men who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviors after they first start taking antidepressant medications may be genetically predisposed to do so, according to the latest results from the NIMH-funded Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) study.
New Data on Suicidal Behaviors in Black Americans May Guide Interventions
December 13, 2006 • Science Update
The prevalence of attempted suicide among black Americans is higher than previously reported, but near the levels reported for the general population.
New NIMH Research Strives to Understand How Antidepressants May Be Associated with Suicidal Thoughts and Actions
November 13, 2006 • Science Update
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, is funding five new research projects that will shed light on antidepressant medications, notably selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and their association with suicidal thoughts and actions.
U.S. Youth Suicide Rates Lower in Counties with High SSRI Use
November 8, 2006 • Science Update
For children ages five to 14, suicide rates from 1996 to 1998 were lower in areas of the country with higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions, according to an NIMH-funded study published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Targeted Therapy Halves Suicide Attempts in Borderline Personality Disorder
July 3, 2006 • Science Update
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) reduced suicide attempts by half compared with other types of psychotherapy available in the community in patients with borderline personality disorder, an NIMH-funded study has found.
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