Suicide Risk Factors Between People With, Without BD Identified.

Medwire (6/4, Cowen) reports that a study published online May 29 in the journal Bipolar Disorders has “identified differences in suicide risk factors between people with and without bipolar disorder [BD].” After examining data on people who committed suicide in Toronto, Canada, between the years 1998 and 2010, researchers found that “compared with people without bipolar disorder (n=2716), those who died by suicide and had bipolar disorder (n=170) were 1.8 times more likely to be female, twice as likely to have previously attempted suicide and 1.6 times more likely to have had recent contact with psychiatric or emergency services.” However, patients with BD “who died by suicide were two-thirds less likely than controls to have had recent medical stressors.”

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— “Suicide risk factors are not generalisable,” Laura Cowen, Medwire News, June 4, 2014.

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