Aug 21, 2013

Apparently, scientists have developed a new blood test that they claim could predict a person’s chances of killing themselves eventually. Researchers from the Indiana School of Medicine did psychoanalytic testing (probably multiple-choice quizzes as to how they were feeling, etc.) on a large group of male bipolars, along with blood tests, and found a correlation between a gene called “SAT-1” and the level of suicidality they were feeling.

This sounds great on the surface, until the actual author of the study, Dr. Alexander Niculescu, associate professor of psychiatry and medical neuroscience at the Indiana University School of Medicine opens her mouth:

“Suicide is a big problem in psychiatry. It is a big problem in the civilian realm, it is a big problem in the military realm and there are no objective markers.

There are people who will not reveal they are having suicidal thoughts when you ask them, who then commit it and there’s nothing you can do about it. We need better ways to identify, intervene and prevent these tragic cases.”

The problem here is obvious: It is definitely against a person’s level of freedom to assume from a simple blood test that they are going to commit suicide, and although locking someone in a psych ward for a positive blood test seems impossible and silly right now, so would the TSA’s measures have seemed before 9/11 happened. Tyranny always replaces itself with worse tyranny.

The military has been trying to say that their high rate of suicide is due to “pre-existing, undiagnosed mental illness”, but the facts say otherwise. It would not surprise me one bit if the SAT-1 gene is also provoked by psychoactive medication itself, and that many of those poor men were actually suffering from an iatrogenic suicidality caused by the medication that was supposed to be helping them.