Restless legs syndrome linked to self-harm, suicide

The finding held true regardless whether people received treatment for the syndrome

Patients with a diagnosis of  restless legs syndrome are two-and-a-half times more likely to self-harm, have suicidal thoughts or to take their own lives, a study based on US insurance claims suggests.

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Among 169,000 healthy patients included in the analysis, some 24,000 had been diagnosed with restless legs syndrome.

Over a six-year follow-up, those with restless legs syndrome faced an increased risk of harming themselves or to experience suicidal thinking or attempts, compared with those without the