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Two 'circuits' in the brain could be linked to suicidal thoughts, scientists discover Frontal region of the brain, which regulates emotion, was identified in the study And area involved in decision making and behaviour control was also identified Changes to both networks can lead to people 'blunting' positive thoughts 

By Colin Fernandez Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:25 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 01:25 GMT, 2 December 2019

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Scientists have identified two brain ‘circuits’ activated in people with suicidal thoughts – raising hopes of spotting those at a heightened risk of killing themselves.

Suicide is one of the world’s major killers – 6,507 people in the UK took their own lives in 2018, with males aged 45 to 49 most at risk.

Overall, three times as many men as women took their own lives, although rates among women are rising.

Scientists have found that the frontal region that regulates emotion and the areas involved in decision making and controlling behaviour are linked to suicidal thoughts (stock image)

Scientists have found that the frontal region that regulates emotion and the areas involved in decision making and controlling behaviour are linked to suicidal thoughts (stock image)

Worldwide, 800,000 die by suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 29.

Now scientists say, based on two decades of research, that two key brain networks have been identified which increase the risk a person will think about and attempt suicide. Study co-first author Dr Anne-Laura van Harmelen, of Cambridge

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