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Pinpointing Suicidality with Brain Science

Can the Brains of the Dead Give Hope to the Living?

Charles Barber • 9/12/2017

By Charles Barber - For the last three decades, Victoria Arango has been studying the brains of people who committed suicide, and has discovered that the biochemistry of their brains differs significantly from that of people who don't commit suicide.

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Uncovering the Source of Suicidality with Brain Science

Are Serotonin Levels the Key Factor in Suicidal Depression?

Charles Barber • 5/5/2015

I'm at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in northern Manhattan. My guide, Victoria, has been studying the brains of people who committed suicide, and has discovered that the biochemistry of their brains differs significantly from that of people who don't commit suicide. But there are aspects of their work that trouble me. Could our brains be so sick that they'll kill us? How much do our brain chemicals control our lives, and what control is left to us?

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Our Serotonin, Our Selves?

Can the Brains of the Dead Give Hope to the Living?

Charles Barber • 9/1/2008

A project studying the brains of people who committed suicide raises basic questions about how much brain chemicals control our lives and what control is left is to us.

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Pinpointing Suicidality with Brain Science

Can the Brains of the Dead Give Hope to the Living?

Charles Barber • 9/12/2017

By Charles Barber - For the last three decades, Victoria Arango has been studying the brains of people who committed suicide, and has discovered that the biochemistry of their brains differs significantly from that of people who don't commit suicide.

Daily Blog

Uncovering the Source of Suicidality with Brain Science

Are Serotonin Levels the Key Factor in Suicidal Depression?

Charles Barber • 5/5/2015

I'm at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in northern Manhattan. My guide, Victoria, has been studying the brains of people who committed suicide, and has discovered that the biochemistry of their brains differs significantly from that of people who don't commit suicide. But there are aspects of their work that trouble me. Could our brains be so sick that they'll kill us? How much do our brain chemicals control our lives, and what control is left to us?

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Our Serotonin, Our Selves?

Can the Brains of the Dead Give Hope to the Living?

Charles Barber • 9/1/2008

A project studying the brains of people who committed suicide raises basic questions about how much brain chemicals control our lives and what control is left is to us.

Magazine Article
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Charles Barber is the author of Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation and Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors. He's a senior administrator at The Connection, a social services agency, and a lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.