Suicidality in Neurologic Diseases

Yukari Tadokoro, Andres M. Kanner

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Suicidality is a relatively frequent complication of most major neurologic disorders, including stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, migraine, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and traumatic and spinal cord injury. In some neurologic conditions like epilepsy, suicide accounts for up to 15% of all deaths. The presence of comorbid psychiatric disorders, in particular major depressive and generalized anxiety disorder occurring together, can be among the leading risk factors for suicidality in patients with neurologic disorders. Thus, screening for these conditions can facilitate the detection of patients at risk for suicidal behavior. In this chapter, we review the epidemiologic aspects, pathogenic mechanisms, and clinical manifestations of suicidality in the major neurologic disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDepression in Neurologic Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnosis and Management
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781444330588
StatePublished - Jul 4 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Completed suicide
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Suicidal ideation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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