DNA changes found in the brain of suicide victims

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 22nd Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Surprising new evidence point to DNA changes in the brain of suicide victims.

Abuse in Childhood

Countries all over the world acknowledge Suicide Prevention Week. Recently some important new research has come out of Montreal concerning suicide. What makes this information so interesting is that the new research shows that abuse and traumatic experiences in childhood could put teens and adults at risk for suicide. It seems that abuse can actually change the DNA in our brains.

Stress management

Suicide is a major concern for Montreal, Canada, the USA, and the rest of the world. Millions of people take their own lives. Not only is the victim gone, family members are often left with questions and trauma of their own, over the suicide of a loved one.

Montreal researchers are looking into developing tests to substantiate these findings. With new and earlier testing, researchers can determine who is at risk and who will benefit from therapy.

This research on the DNA changes in the brain
is being carried out by Montreal’s McGill Group for Suicide Studies. They studied 60 brains of people (mostly males) who had committed suicide. They found that in the 40 percent who had experienced physical and mental abuse in childhood, there were molecular changes in their brains as compared to a normal brain. The cell changes impacted upon how cells functioned. What was found was that the area of the brain that responds to stress was changed in abuse victims. The doctors believe that critical changes in the cells affect the management of stress.

Dr. Gustavo Turecki and his team found what he calls “a biological footprint” of early childhood abuse. The whole process is more complicated than anyone would have thought.

Behavioral changes

This new field of research is known as called epigenetics and it studies the impact that environment has upon our genes. Though our genetic make-up is permanent, the environment will modify or fine tune genes through what is called methylation. However, it is still not certain how these changes affect behavior, or if it is the very behavior change that triggers the act of suicide.

It is not known at this time if these behavioral changes are permanent. With the new testing and therapy Montreal researchers are banking on finding out more suicide prevention techniques and applications.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar brendamarie
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

wow, what an great article

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author avatar brendamarie
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

I had no idea DNA could even be changed

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author avatar Sherri Granato
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

Interesting. Research on suicide is so desperately needed. The DNA studies is fascinating. My father committed suicide when I was fifteen. Not one person suspected that he was headed in that direction. I believe that a whole lot of family members are left wondering why. Sad.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

*are fascinating.

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author avatar LOVERME
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

MY EXPERIENCE WITH suicide victims
First one gave me an indication....
but I only gave a solution...
how to get out of the situation
finally the person was either murdered or did actually commit suicide...

The second had a betrayal from his wife,
he went bonkers wouldn't listen
had made up his mind

another one came to me to say good bye
I talked to him for two or three hours
tyme changed as it changes every two hours
and he survived, remarried.

Then a very senior guy, years ago I thought would go the unnatural way
And sad to say I had lost him out, but later learned he also did,

Heaven knows whether it’s DNA
circumstances or abuse
but we all are unique human beings individuals...
So as chemically oriented bodies, we can' really say who will do what?
just keep your fingers crossed,
Loneliness could speed up the loss
take care of your loved ones

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Interesting indeed!

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author avatar peachpurple
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

interesting that DNA can affect suicide victims

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

I didn't know about that. Thank you for the information. It is something more people has to understand and to help prevent the suicide so people can lead to normal lives.

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author avatar Annie69
27th Sep 2015 (#)

Most of the suicides I've heard about were addicts. Now I wonder if the alcohol/drugs changed their DNA. Great post by the way.

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