Identifying the Underlying Mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders and Suicidal Risk
With increasing rates of depression and suicidal behavior, especially in young adults, it is crucial to identify the neuro-biological mechanisms that can help to better understand the etiology of these psychological disorders. Of specific interest is the Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the civilian population that have not been studied well. These disorders are more prevalent in women, due to trauma in childhood/adolescent years with comorbidity of severe depression and suicidal behavior. With access to behavioral and MRI data from an ongoing collaboration with McLean Hospital, we apply data engineering and machine learning to discern correlation patterns between specific clinical measures and suicidal risk, and identify high-risk groups.
Content/Trigger warning: There will be references to mental illnesses, trauma and suicidal behavior.