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Lack of Sleep Linked to Suicide Risk

A recent study from Georgia Regents University found when people lose the hope of getting a good night's sleep, their risk of suicide increases.

"It turns out insomnia can lead to a very specific type of hopelessness and hopelessness by itself is a powerful predictor of suicide, " said Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, chair of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Georgia Regents University. " It’s fascinating because what it tells you is we have discovered a new predictor for suicidal thinking. "

According to studies with larger samples, these findings are even more accurate. The results of studies like these bring attention to the risk of suicide and allow researchers to look at prevention methods that target negative thoughts with medication and therapy.

For more on the study, visit the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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