Total serum cholesterol levels and suicide attempts in child and adolescent psychiatric inpatients

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Jul;19(7):615-9. doi: 10.1007/s00787-009-0084-x. Epub 2010 Jan 3.


Associations between cholesterol and suicidal behavior in adolescent patients have not been explored in depth. In this study, 66 patients consecutively admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit following attempted suicide were compared with a control group of 54 patients with no history of suicide attempts. The age range of the sample was from 8 to 18 years old. Cholesterol levels were significantly lower in attempted suicide patients than in controls (p < 0.02), supporting the hypothesis that lower cholesterol levels might be associated with suicidal behavior in patients with similar acute phase of their disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Cholesterol / blood*
  • Depressive Disorder / blood
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / blood
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Reference Values
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Spain
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*


  • Cholesterol