Suicide may be the result of a non-genetic environment factor (epigenetic fingerprint) that changes the original DNA sequences in response to child abuse early in an individual’s life. The epigenetic changes are trigged by environmental issues leading to lifelong changes in the way the gene works to regulate the human stress response. This phenomenon is suggested to have a role in an abused person’s decisions to die at their own hands. This study provides an “important insight into how early adverse life experience gets under the skin affecting critical areas of brain function” that contribute to one’s life course. It has long been known that maternal mood during pregnancy is associated with “impaired stress reactivity and an increased risk formed disturbances during childhood and across the life span”. Early life experiences even in the womb impact the programming of each individual particularly in the development of the stress system that contributes to later stress related disorders such as depression. (Neurology Today, January 21, 2010, Volume 10 Issue 2).