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Traumatic stress and genetic risk can increase chance of suicidal ideation among bipolar disorder patients, says study
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Traumatic stress and genetic risk can increase chance of suicidal ideation among bipolar disorder patients, says study

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a brain disorder which runs in the family and can lead to many other mental and behavioral complications. Now, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have suggested an association between BD and high risk for suicide bid. However, there is a condition linking these two developments. According to them, genetic vulnerability to BD can heighten the risk of suicidal ideation only when the individual has experienced traumatic stress before. The researchers also established a link between trauma and BD polygenic risk factor with non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).

The study population comprised young children and adults and relatives of people with BD, and relatives and young adults of people without any psychiatric ailment. The data for this study was collected from one Australian and four American sites, between 2006 and 2012. To deduce the correlation, a total of 473 participants were analyzed by using generalized estimating equation models. Additionally, other contributory factors that were adjusted included history of traumatic stress, demographic factors, BD polygenic risk factor and a lifetime existence of mood or substance use disorders.

The researchers identified that BD-risk relatives exhibited a heightened propensity to suicidal ideation and attempt but not NSSI. In addition, exposure to trauma like bullying, domestic violence and substance abuse were also associated with suicidal attempt. BD polygenic risk score was also found to be associated with suicidal attempts. The BD polygenic risk score coupled with trauma was found be to strongly associated with suicidal attempts, independent of all the remaining factors. Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that BD-relatives were highly susceptible to suicidal thoughts and attempts if they had a history of trauma alongside an evidence of genetic vulnerability.

Road to recovery

The symptoms of bipolar disorder manifest through depression and manic episodes. An individual may experience the highs and lows within a short period. One day, the person may be having a flight of ideas, become far-too energetic and more active than usual, the next day he/she could experience severe depressive symptoms, become forgetful, worried and sad. Bipolar disorder can be highly debilitating and may cause a major conflict in a person’s life, affecting finances, relationships, social interactions and career. People struggling with bipolar disorder are highly prone to committing suicide. Not only does the disease require a lifelong treatment, it also necessitates after-care after the treatment.

Among a plethora of therapeutic modalities, Sovereign Health employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), wherein, a therapist can significantly help a patient by teaching her how to recognize damaging thought patterns and redirecting them to achieve better and more successful outcomes. In some cases, medication alone may not suffice in treating the mental disorder. Sovereign Health utilizes various other evidence-based therapies and self-calming techniques to provide holistic recovery to our patients.

Sovereign Health of Arizona is among the best rehab centers for women certified for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Our Chandler facility is equipped with state-of-the art technology and expert staff to provide bipolar disorder treatment for women and help them rebuild their lives in the best possible way. Our residential bipolar disorder treatment centers for women provides specialized care to our female patients. What sets us apart is our belief in a better way to a better life through individualized treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline 866-598-5661 or chat online with an expert to know more.

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