Year: 1997 Source: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, v.12, no.6, (1997), p.16-28 SIEC No: 20030947

The current study examines in detail the premorbid psychosocial variables, injury deaths, & posttraumatic sequelae of eight completed suicides after traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most notable feature of the group was the presence of psychiatric & emotional symptomatology in most cases, superimposed on a range of neuropsychological impairments, which the authors propose made the patients vulnerable to suicide. The article concluces with recommendations for clinical management of TBI patients who exhibit suicide ideation or make suicide attempts. (23 refs)