ISLAMABAD: The children of people who attempted suicide, regardless of whether they have a mood disorder themselves, have a four-to five- fold increased risk of trying to take their own lives, according to a new study.
While mood disorders play a role in a person’s risk of attempting suicide, the study’s lead author told that there are other factors that need to be explored and explained, Science Daily reported.
“What that really means is that there is still part of this (family) transmission that we haven’t figured out,” said Dr. David Brent, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
For the study, Brent’s team followed the children of people with mood disorders for a longer period to look at the possible connections between parental suicide attempts, the offspring’s suicide attempts and mood disorders.
The researchers found that about 6 per cent of the participants reported a suicide attempt before they entered the study and about 4 per cent made an attempt while enrolled.