THE SCIENTIST | What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Suicide

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Published: 14Jan2020

The biochemical mechanisms in the brain underlying suicidal behavior are beginning to come to light, and researchers hope they could one day lead to better treatment and prevention strategies. [...] “The knowledge we have today is way larger than what we had twenty years ago,” says Gustavo Turecki, a psychiatrist at McGill University and the director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Research Centre in Montreal. “[We’ve] made tremendous advances . . . in terms of understanding the complexity of the problem, understanding the neurobiology, understanding the causes.”

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