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November 12, 2010

Acne linked to higher suicide rate

HEALTH - People with severe acne are more likely to attempt suicide, says a new study from Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute. But the researchers make it clear whether they're not certain whether its caused by the condition or anti-acne medication they are on.

The Karolinska Institute studied data from almost 6,000 people who were prescribed the drug, isotretinoin, between 1980 to 1989. The medication has been commonly used to treat serious acne for the last 3 decades.

Suicide attempts by people taking the medication were significantly higher than the average population, but the researchers say they need more information about whether severe acne patients who are NOT on the medication are also attempting/committing suicide at a higher rate.

The scientists also suspect that patients whose acne improved after treatment might be upset when there is no major improvements in their social lives. (We all find it difficult to find love sometimes.)

The scientists compared hospital discharge records and death registers from 1980 to 2000. Between that time 128 of the people were admitted to a hospital after a suicide attempt. (128 out of 6,000 is a big number when it comes to suicide attempts.)

In contrast for young adults in the USA there are 13 suicides per every 100,000 people. And for every suicide there is approx. 11 attempts.

According to the results, the number of patients attempting suicide skyrockets approx. six months after they stop treatment. (This adds to the theory that if people are off the medication, but somehow expecting their love lives to improve dramatically are getting depressed after 6 months and no sign of success.)

This has led scientists to question whether severe acne patients (especially former patients) should be monitored psychologically for suicidal intents.

The study was published today (Friday) in the medical journal BMJ.

Patience and perseverance are the two greatest virtues when it comes to finding love. Its also recommended practicing the other virtues people admire.

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