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BioMarker SAT1: Stay Back! Or I’ll Drop my cap and dry out!!!

“The risk of suicide-related behavior is supposed to be determined by a complex interplay of sociocultural factors, psychiatric history, personality traits, and genetic as well as neurobiological vulnerability” – http://iasp.info

With the Suicidal Biomarker SAT1 a blood test may one day be added to that list of related risk. As I understand it, the SAT1 is a blood protein genetic biomarker that “may” identify someone susceptible to suicide or suicidal ideation.  Basically, it is a blood test for suicide!

Wow, can you imagine going to the doctors getting your blood work /labs done…would not only include whether or not your psych meds are working or therapeutic levels are where they should be including your cholesterol,  A1C…then you can check to see if you’re going to commit suicide within the next few weeks or months.  Okay, I could have worded that differently, but isn’t that what we’re are talking about. Imagine, it’s like knowing the lotto number to life. It could give us the chance to take immediate action to prevent any suicidal attempt with a preemptive strike for change and professional care and PREVENTION!

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Talking to my psychiatrist, she heads up the department at the provider I go to for my behavior health care (medications).  She’s the type that keeps up with ALL the latest news in psychiatry. I just heard about the SAT1 no more then 3 hours before our appointment via an app alert.  When I asked her, she was already aware of the study, that really impressed me.

I wanted to know what she thought about a “blood test  for suicide,” since she knows first hand dealing with the many consumers in our area. Her immediate response was that “I didn’t see the ‘full study’ but  any tool is good.” I agree, any tool that could help identify individuals that are susceptible/ prone to high risk for suicide could make a  positive impact.  I’m paraphrasing the rest, she said something like, {If it’s a cheap test and it reliable, it could save lives}. Our Goal is PREVENTION!

 Biomarker SAT1  (spermidien/spermine N1—acetyltransferase 1)

“Suicide is a big problem in psychiatry. It’s a big problem in the civilian realm, it’s a big problem in the military realm, and there are no objective markers,” said researcher Alexander B. Niculescu III, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and medical neuroscience at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and attending psychiatrist and research and development investigator at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Indianapolis.

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