Franklin James Cook

Study of Link between Pain, Suicidal Thoughts Broadens

In Research on November 11, 2008 at 11:49 pm

ORIGINAL REPORT — A report from Science Daily points to a new study on the link between chronic pain and suicidal thinking.

“More work is needed to figure out who’s going to be at the greatest risk and how can we intervene and decrease this risk,” [said Dr.Mark Ilgen, lead study author]. Ilgen and colleagues conducted the study to gain perspective on the link between pain and suicide in the public. Most prior research … had looked only at patients already receiving treatment for their pain.

The researchers found that those who suffered from head pain were almost twice as likely as others to report having suicidal thoughts. They were also more than two times as likely to report suicide attempts.

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