Patients with epilepsy are more likely to commit suicide than the general population, revealed an analysis of data from the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS).
Researchers observed that the annual suicide mortality rate among those with epilepsy was about 16% higher than that seen in the general population.
‘Epileptics are more likely to commit suicide than the general population. An electronic health record (EHR)-based questionnaire could help prevent suicides among some children with epilepsy.’
But another study suggested that a simple screening test may prevent self-harm in the youngest epilepsy patients. Tatiana Falcone of the Cleveland Clinic said, "An electronic health record (EHR)-based questionnaire prevented 13 suicides among some 400 children with epilepsy. Routine screening at least every six months for mood disorders and suicidal ideation could aid in early referral and appropriate treatment and potentially save lives."
Both study groups reported their findings during a poster session at the American Epilepsy Society meeting.