Year: 2020 Source: Journal of Experimental Neurology. (2020). 1(1), 10-12. SIEC No: 20200308

People suffering with neurological diseases are at risk of committing suicide. A case-control study found increased risk of attempted suicide in patients with nine chronic neurological diseases [1]. Similarly, people diagnosed with neurological disorders were twice as likely to die of suicide than people not diagnosed with such disorders [2]. This increased risk could be caused by psychiatric comorbidities that are quite common in people with neurological diseases [3] but could be also caused by fear of prolonged suffering. This fear is especially common in people diagnosed with a progressive degenerative dementia [4].