Risk Of Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts May Increase After Bariatric Surgery

HealthDay (10/8) reports that the majority “of the suicide attempts occurred in the second and third year after the surgery, the findings showed.” However, “about 93 percent of those suicide attempts occurred in patients diagnosed with a mental health disorder prior to surgery, the researchers reported.” The study authors theorized that “changes in alcohol metabolism after surgery; a substitution of substance misuse for food; increased stress; and changes in the levels of hormones that might affect the likelihood of depression and suicidal behaviors” may explain the findings.

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— “Suicide Risk May Rise for Some After Weight-Loss Surgery,” Dennis Thompson, HealthDay, October 7, 2015.

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