Bipolar patients who develop suicidal tendencies are genetically conditioned

Bipolar disorder is a serious psychiatric condition very common, affecting about 2 or 3% of the general population. This disease also affects in sick leaves hospitalization and social problems. Many patients also present suicidal behavior. Patients who do not take drug treatments have high autolytic risk. It is estimated that the risk of death by suicide, particularly in unmedicated patients reaches 15%. Suicide is a very complex behavior which is believed that, like other psychiatric diseases, there are many small effect genes interact with each other and also interact with other types of environmental factors, psychological or psychosocial.

Researchers Bipolar Disorders Program of the IDIBAPS - Hospital Clínic, leded by Dr. Eduard Vieta, have published a study in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, which shows that there are genetic aspects determining suicidality of bipolar patients. Results approach suicide concept to a biological basis, bringing it closer to the disease. Dr. Antoni Benabarre is the principal investigator and the IDIBAPS predoctoral fellow, Esther Jimenez, the first signer.