Early Psychiatric Problems in Boys Predict Suicidality

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According to findings from a study recently published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, boys who have psychiatric problems are more likely to attempt suicide than those that do not. According to Andre Sourander, M.D., of Turku University Hospital in Turku, Finland, and colleagues, 78% of males in the study that attempted suicide were found to have emotional and conduct problems at age 8; the same was not found to be true of girls in this age range. Due to the fact that males have a higher success rate than females when attempting suicide early detection of psychiatric problems is essential for adolescent males. The researchers commenting on the findings stated, “This focus is particularly important among males with severe conduct problems because, during adolescence, they usually do not seek mental health services.” Click here to view an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study’s findings.

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