ADHD, Suicidal Behavior May Share Genetic Risk Factors

The prevention of suicidal behavior is one of the most important tasks for mental health clinicians. Although a few studies have indicated an increased risk of suicidal behavior among individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the development of more effective ways of identifying and modifying the risk is hampered by our limited understanding of the underlying mechanisms for this association.

Researchers examined whether attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and suicidal behavior share genetic and environmental risk factors. The findings were published recently in JAMA Psychiatry.

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