Certain Types Of Chronic Pain May Be Associated With Increased Suicide Risk.

Medscape (5/29) reports that research published in JAMA Psychiatry indicates that “that psychogenic pain, back pain, and migraine, but not arthritis or neuropathy,” may be “associated with an increased risk for suicide.” Investigators came to this conclusion after looking at data from “treatment records of all patients (n = 4,863,036) who were seen in the Veterans Health Administration system in fiscal year 2005 and who were alive at the start of fiscal year 2006.” While “some of this risk appears to be due to co-occurring mental health problems, there may be something about the experience of pain that also contributes directly to suicide risk, lead author Mark A. Ilgen, PhD, told Medscape Medical News.”

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