Suicidal tendencies are still a puzzle for many scientists. What triggers them and how they come to actually push someone to attempt suicide is still highly debated by specialists. But a new study may shed some light suggesting that suicidal tendencies may be hereditary. Parents who attempted suicide might see their children trying the same thing, according to new research.
The study suggests that those whose parents tried taking their own lives are five times more inclined to step into their parents footprints compared to children that did not have suicidal parents.
As per the analysts, there is an immediate connection between folks who tried to kill themselves and their youngsters who will be trying to do likewise in later years. The scientists said that self-destructive tendencies can be passed on to children and to other siblings.
The main author of the study was David Brent from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania. According to him, aggressive impulses is critical precursor of mood disorders and could be the target of medical treatments and therapies aiming at youth and siblings risks of suicidal behavior.
The study suggests that the shift from aggressive drives to mood disorders may be a significant element contributing to understanding repeated suicidal tendencies.
The study conducted by Brent and his team of researchers examined 701 children aged 10 to 50 years old, the offerings of 334 parents with behavior disorders. The participants were followed for about six years. The results of the study revealed that 57.2% or 191 subjects had tried to kill themselves at a point or another in their lives. Before they entered the study, 44 or 6.3% of them had already attempted suicide. During the study, another 29 or 4.1% tried committing suicide.
A national statistic shows that suicide ranks third among the causes of death in youngsters aged 10 to 24 years old. No less than 4,600 kids die annually by their own hands. Another survey conducted nation wide uncovered that 16 percent of students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 thought seriously about committing suicide. Moreover, 13 percent conceived a plan on how to do it and 8 percent actually put it in practice. Also, 157,000 kids in U.S. undergo to therapy and treatment for self-inflicted wounds on a yearly basis.
Specialists are still working on discovering the possible factors that trigger suicidal behavior, particularly among youngsters, to help avert it before it is past the point of no return.
According to Brent, future investigations should concentrate on breaking the suicidal behavior into small parts called biobehavioral phenotypes. This would explain the way suicidal tendencies are transmitted from parents to their offspring.
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