Depression Type & Depression Severity in Relation to Risk of Violent Suicide Attempt
Van Praag H M~~Plutchik R
Low levels of cerebrospinal fluid 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid and a blunted thyroid-stimulating hormone response to thyrotropin-releasing hormone has been seen in depressed patients who have made violent suicide attempts. This study demonstrates that violent suicide attempts are “depression-specific”. It is impossible to decide whether the biological abnormalities in depressed violent suicide attempters relate to a particular type of mood disorder or to a distorted regulation of agression.