Year: 1989 Source: Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, January 1989. p.235-246 SIEC No: 19890953

The thyroid stimulating hormone response to thyrotropin-releasing hormone & the basal secretion of cortisol correlated with violent suicide, or suicide ideation, are reviewed. A model of suicide etiology is considered. Other hormones that may contribute to suicide potential & hormone challenge tests that may predict suicide are briefly considered. The authors conclude that adolescent suicide may occur in the context of a rapidly changing & aroused neuroendocrine system. (CM)