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Understanding the suicidal brain : a review of neuropsychological studies of suicidal ideation and behaviour

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In order to understand the neural mechanisms underlying suicidal behaviour following exposure to psychosocial stressors, neuropsychological studies are used to investigate changes in brain functions, which mediate the behavioural reaction to such stressors. Neuropsychological studies have identified a role of disturbances in attention, memory, fluency, mental flexibility, problem solving and decision-making in the development of suicidal behaviour. Although substantial methodological issues hamper the interpretation of the association between these disturbances and the occurrence of suicidal behaviour, there appears to be a causal effect of at least some of the identified neuropsychological impairments. It remains to be demonstrated whether or to what extent these impairments are amenable to treatment, and whether adequate treatment is a prerequisite for successful prevention of suicidal behaviour.

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Van Heeringen, Cornelis, Karen Godfrin, and Stijn Bijttebier. 2011. “Understanding the Suicidal Brain : a Review of Neuropsychological Studies of Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour.” In International Handbook of Suicide Prevention, ed. Rory O’Connor, Stephen Platt, and Jacki Gordon, 151–167. Chichester, UK: Wiley.
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Van Heeringen, C., Godfrin, K., & Bijttebier, S. (2011). Understanding the suicidal brain : a review of neuropsychological studies of suicidal ideation and behaviour. In R. O’Connor, S. Platt, & J. Gordon (Eds.), International handbook of suicide prevention (pp. 151–167). Chichester, UK: Wiley.
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Van Heeringen C, Godfrin K, Bijttebier S. Understanding the suicidal brain : a review of neuropsychological studies of suicidal ideation and behaviour. In: O’Connor R, Platt S, Gordon J, editors. International handbook of suicide prevention. Chichester, UK: Wiley; 2011. p. 151–67.
MLA
Van Heeringen, Cornelis, Karen Godfrin, and Stijn Bijttebier. “Understanding the Suicidal Brain : a Review of Neuropsychological Studies of Suicidal Ideation and Behaviour.” International Handbook of Suicide Prevention. Ed. Rory O’Connor, Stephen Platt, & Jacki Gordon. Chichester, UK: Wiley, 2011. 151–167. Print.
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  author       = {Van Heeringen, Cornelis and Godfrin, Karen and Bijttebier, Stijn},
  booktitle    = {International handbook of suicide prevention},
  editor       = {O{\textquoteright}Connor, Rory  and Platt, Stephen  and Gordon, Jacki },
  isbn         = {9780470683842},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {151--167},
  publisher    = {Wiley},
  title        = {Understanding the suicidal brain : a review of neuropsychological studies of suicidal ideation and behaviour},
  year         = {2011},
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