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Monday, May 20, 2019

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Suicidal ideation

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an important risk factor for and attempts, as well as death by suicide. Because little is known about the biology underlying suicide in PTSD, there are limited pharmacologic options to treat PTSD patients at high risk of suicide.

Shame is a Significant risk factor for suicidal ideation in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Every day, approximately 20 veterans die by suicide, and up to 14% of veterans report current suicidal ideation. Veterans suffer disproportionately from mental health disorders, including PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Up to 15% of veterans have PTSD, and those diagnosed with this disorder have high rates of suicidal behaviour and suicide. Emotional responses to trauma have been shown to play an important role in PTSD and may increase the risk of suicidal behaviour. Given the high rate of suicide among veterans, there is a pressing need to identify risk factors for suicidal behaviour.

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