Study Identifies Suicide Risk In Young People With BD.

Psychiatric News (11/8), a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, reports that a study published online Nov. 6 in the Archives of General Psychiatry “identifies factors that can signal” suicide risk in young people with bipolar disorder (BD). After tracking “413 youths (average age, 12.6) with a diagnosis of” BD for about five years, researchers found that “the strongest indicators of a later suicide attempt were severity of depression at intake and a family history of depression.” But, “after intake, more time with threshold depression, the presence of substance use disorder or mixed mood symptoms, and more time receiving outpatient psychosocial services, all indicated greater risk as well.”

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— “Study Identifies Suicide Risk in Youth With Bipolar Disorder,Psychiatric News Alert , November 7, 2012.

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