Year: 1982 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.139, no.10, (October 1982), p.1323-1325 SIEC No: 19860502

3 of 22 subjects in a study of neuroendocrine correlates of clinical change made serious suicide attempts, 2 of which were lethal. The suicidal subjects had significantly higher 24-hours urinary cortisol levels and significantly lower 24-hour urinary norepinephrine-to-epinephrine ratios than the nonsuicidal patients had. Although the cortisol finding confirms earlier reports, the norepinephrine-to-epinephrine ratio finding is new. 19 ref.