What is the role of glucocorticoids in the development of suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A study by Fardet et al concluded that glucocorticoids increase the risk of suicidal behavior and neuropsychiatric disorders. The authors reviewed data from all adult patients in UK general practices from 1990 to 2008. Of 786,868 courses of oral glucocorticoids prescribed for 372,696 patients, there were 109 incident cases of suicide or suicide attempt and 10,220 incident cases of severe neuropsychiatric disorders. [9]


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