Genetics of the Serotonergic System and Implications for Suicide Research

Authored by: Brandon Pierre , Vincenzo De Luca

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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Over the past 45 years, suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide with a global mortality rate of one death every 40 seconds (WHO, 2012). Identified risk factors include comorbid psychiatric illness, impulsive behaviour and aggression, substance abuse, and stress; however, the exact aetiology of suicidal behaviour remains unclear.

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