Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Cross Link Between Genetics and Suicide


         Suicide has been a rising cause of death in America. One reason many people feel suicidal is because of their family history with mental health. Not only has family history contributed to suicidal tendencies, it also can cause depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and more mental health issues. Genome wide association study (GWAS) was used to study different families to cross check their genomes. Approximately 22 genes were discovered that indicated elevated risk of suicide death. Although family history is just one factor of the many environmental factors such as childhood, trauma, and poverty; it still increases a person's likelihood. With that being said I believe more people and families should seek therapy. Suicidal thoughts will never truly go away, you learn to live with it and become the bigger person. However not many people can afford therapy which is why better FREE counseling services should be provided at schools and colleges as well as better education to children and adults about suicide and how to prevent it.

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