Year: 1982 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.16, no.1, (1982), p.1-12 SIEC No: 19832050

Discusses affective disorders (ADs). It is hypothesized that when ADs occur the presence of structural brain damage, the likelihood of patients having a past history or family history of AD is relatively small. The higher rates of suicide & attempted suicide by epileptic patients are testimony to the influence of cerebral lesions on self-destructive behaviour. The risk of suicide and attempted suicide seems to be greatest when depression is present, either with or because of epilepsy.