April 17, 2019

Liverpool Adverse Events Profile Predictive of Suicidality Risk in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

The Liverpool Adverse Events Profile (LAEP) 21-item self-report questionnaire may be a useful tool for identifying people with epilepsy (PWE) who may be at higher risk for suicidality, according to a study published in Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy.

Epilepsy increases the risk for suicidality. In PWE, the lifetime prevalence of suicidal ideation is twice that of people without epilepsy and those with epilepsy are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than people without epilepsy. Although factors related to seizures, such as high frequency and early onset, can be a risk factor for suicide, depression and other psychiatric comorbidities have a more significant impact on suicidality in PWE.

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