Suicidality in temporal lobe epilepsy: Measuring the weight of impulsivity and depression

Guilherme Nogueira M. De Oliveira, Arthur Kummer, João Vinícius Salgado, Gerardo Maria de Araújo Filho, Anthony S. David, Ant Ônio Lúcio Teixeira

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Objective: The aim of the work described here was to measure the role of psychopathological features, specifically impulsivity and depression, in suicidality in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Methods: Neuropsychiatric evaluation of 66 outpatients with TLE was performed with the following instruments: a structured clinical interview (Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview Plus), the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale, the Hamilton Anxiety Scale, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale. Results: A current Axis I psychiatric diagnosis, mainly mood and anxiety disorders, was assigned to 37 subjects (56.1%) Presence of suicide risk was identified in 19 patients (28.8%), and 14 (21.2%) had attempted suicide. Frequency of seizures (P= 0.012), current major depression (P= 0.001), and motor impulsivity (P= 0.005) were associated with suicide risk on univariate analysis. Logistic regression stressed the main relevance of major depression (OR = 12.82, 95% CI = 2.58-63.76, P= 0.002) and motor impulsivity (OR = 1.21, 95% CI = 1.06-1.38, P= 0.005) to suicide risk. Conclusion: Depression has a major influence on suicidality in epilepsy. Motor impulsivity is also relevant and may be an important component of depression in TLE associated with suicide risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-749
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Impulsivity
  • Suicide
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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