Parasite Infection Possible Precursor to Suicidal Behavior

The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 10, Number 9, September 2012

Glen Spielmans, PhD

Associate professor of psychology, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Glen Spielmans, PhD, has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

A major thrust of much psychiatric research is to identify predictors of suicidality, in hopes of intervening earlier to prevent this devastating outcome. In a recent study, a Danish group made a surprising contribution to this endeavor by identifying Toxoplasma gondii infection as a possible precursor to suicidal behavior.

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