Year: 1992 Source: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, v.22, no.3, (1992), p.231-237 SIEC No: 19930158

The goal of this study was to evaluate the ictal & psychiatric aspects underlying the high risk of suicide among epileptic patients (EP). In our sample, there were 4 EP who died by suicide & all 4 had partial complex seizures & temporal lobe foci. Further analysis of our findings suggest that the high suicide rate among EP has a greater link with psychotic behaviors & psychic auras than with depression or the burden of being epileptic. Risk factors for suicide in epileptics are reviewed.