Veterans with psychogenic or epileptic seizures are more likely to exhibit suicidal behavior

Takeaway

  • Veterans with epileptic and nonepileptic seizures are more than twice as likely to complete suicide and exhibit suicide-related behavior than veterans without seizures.

Why this matters

    Although suicide is a common cause of increased mortality in people with seizures, it is unknown whether the type of seizures affects suicide and suicide-related behavior rates. These important findings suggest that, despite differences in the pathophysiology of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and epilepsy, both seizure types are associated with increased suicide risk.