posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 03:13 AM
Have you ever considered that wanting to terminate your life is triggered by something living in your body?
So, now, can suicide attempting being considered a brain disease?
A parasite thought to be harmless and found in many people may actually be causing subtle changes in the brain, leading to suicide attempts.
New research appearing in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry adds to the growing work linking an infection caused by the
Toxoplasma gondii parasite to suicide attempts. Michigan State University's Lena Brundin was one of the lead researchers on the team.
About 10-20 percent of people in the United States have Toxoplasma gondii, or T. gondii, in their bodies, but in most it was thought to lie dormant,
said Brundin, an associate professor of experimental psychiatry in MSU's College of Human Medicine.
In fact, it appears the parasite can cause inflammation over time, which produces harmful metabolites that can damage brain cells.
So, in the future, can this process being stopped and can suicide being abolished?