Wouldn't it be great if a doctor could test your genes and prescribe the best medication for treating depression? That’s what Dr. Greg Ordway has been working towards with his AFSP Distinguished Investigator Grant.
While suicide is relatively uncommon, the suicide rate for middle aged white men has gone up since 1979, and the same is true for middle aged white women since 2000.
Dr. Ahearn reviewed records of 1306 veterans treated for bipolar disorder over six years. Patients taking lithium and divalproex together had the absolute lowest rate of suicide attempts.
AFSP Grantee receives $1.95 million from NIH to continue study of antisuicidal properties of lithium
Todd Gould, M.D., received an AFSP Grant to study what may cause lithium have properties that reduce risk for suicide.
In this study 32 patients discharged from the ER or inpatient unit at Harborview Mental Health Services in Washington and given a “Next Day Appointment” (NDA) were randomly assigned to CAMS or Enhanced Care as Usual (E-CAU).
The serotonin system has been identified as a key factor in brain function related to behavioral control and decision-making. Dr. Pennanen studied decision-making and cognitive flexibility in mice whose serotonin 5-HT2c gene had been partially blocked so that amounts of available serotonin were lower.
Dr. Brian Mustanski is one of the first to study a group of LGBT youth over time to learn about what contributes to their suicide attempts.
After surveying 631 ED physicians and nurses, Dr. Betz found that 49% of doctors and 72% of nurses reported that they “hardly ever” personally counsel patients or families to temporarily remove or lock up guns at home.
Hungary had one of the highest rates of suicide in the world when AFSP funded a study to teach general practitioners to identify and treat depressed patients to lower suicide rates.
Can we prevent suicide by reducing access to lethal methods? Dr. David Gunnell from the University of Bristol has demonstrated that the answer is "yes."