Study Reveals Factors for Suicidal Ideation in People with Depression: Major depression (MDD) is a risk factor for suicidal ideation (SI). However, not everyone with MDD will consider suicide, while some people without MDD will. But people with MDD are at increased risk because of the negative affect they have as a result of MDD and, more specifically, the symptom of hopelessness, which is a known predictor of SI. There are a number of other factors that can influence the risk of SI in people with MDD.
To explore these risks more deeply, Madhukar H. Trivedi of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas recently conducted a study analyzing data from over 4,000 individuals receiving outpatient care for MDD. The goal was to compare the level of symptoms present in the participants to SI and to examine what other factors influenced SI.