Brain Scans Reveal Potential Biomarker of Suicidal Thoughts in People with PTSD

Article written by Rachael Rettner

Researchers may have found a biomarker for suicidal thoughts in the brains of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study suggests.

The study found that people with PTSD had higher levels of a certain receptor on the surface of their brain cells, compared with people without PTSD. And among people with PTSD, those who reported experiencing some suicidal thoughts on the day of their brain scan had even higher levels of this receptor, compared with those that did not report suicidal thoughts on the day of the scan.

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