Study Suggests Suicide Link to Asthma, Air Pollution
July 15, 2010
According to the study, 1 in 14 teens or young adults that commit suicide do so as a direct result of their asthma, and that the problem seems to be worsening as air quality declines.
Reuters reported on the research, pointing out that other studies have been done in the past that point to the first link, but that air quality has never been a factor, until now.
The exact reason between the links are unknown. However, the researchers are speculating that there could be a connection between the inflammation known to be caused by pollutants. It could also be a worsening of their condition, or a negative perception of living their lives with a chronic illness.
The study, led by Dr. Chian-Jue Kuo of the National Taiwan University, followed a group of 163,000 teens over a 12 year period. With the increase of pollution, the suicide rate within the group was higher among those with asthma symptoms. The suicide rate actually doubled during that period of time.
Findings from the research have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.