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“Can thinking about death kill me?” – Thought-Action Fusion in suicidality

Imagine the following scenario: You’re waiting for your train at the station and there’s an announcement telling you to stand back for a train passing through. You see that train approaching at high speed and start wondering: “What if I walked three steps to the front and jumped?”

A very scary thought indeed and I’m sure some people reading this article will have had that thought, or a variety of it, at some point of time- I know I have. Now, still picturing this situation, ask yourself the following: Does having this thought (you might even call it a suicidal thought) put you in actual danger of committing suicide? Personally, I feel quite secure about myself not taking those three steps to the front and onto the railway tracks but this will be different for different individuals. In this blog, I will describe thoughts like these in more depth based on a new study we published on a construct called Thought-Action Fusion (or short: TAF) and its association with depression and suicidality.

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What is the immune system’s role in mental health and depression?

Throughout the past century, researchers have attributed many odd, potential causes to mental health problems such as vaccines or cold, unloving mothers causing autism. Today, such explanations seem (or should seem) ridiculous but there are other scientific areas that started off being seemingly ridiculous, yet turned out to be highly relevant. One of the most recent scientific endeavours concentrates on the role of the immune system in mental health and brain functioning and, using the example of depression, I’m going to outline why this is something that is highly exciting indeed.

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