Study finds higher suicide rate among people with neurological disorders

Study finds higher suicide rate among people with neurological disorders

Publication date: Feb 05, 2020

Neurological disorders may impact one’s mental health, a new study says as researchers found that there is a higher rate of suicide among individuals living with neurological disorders.

A team of researchers in Denmark aims to examine whether people living with neurological disorders die by suicide more often than others.

The study, published in JAMA, shows that people with neurological disorders have a 75 percent higher rate of suicide compared to their counterparts.

For the general population, the suicide rate is 20 per 100,000 people, but for those with neurological disorders, the rate is about 40 per 100,000 person-years.

For people with traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, or multiple sclerosis, had twice the suicide rate of those with no neurological disorders.

-In Denmark between 1980 and 2016, there was a significantly higher rate of suicide among those with a diagnosed neurological disorder than persons not diagnosed with a neurological disorder.

Concepts Keywords
ALS Nervous system
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis RTT
Central Nervous System Branches of biology
Counseling Psychiatry
Counterparts Counseling
Dementia Undiagnosed neurological disorders
Denmark People neurological disorders
Encephalitis Dementia
Epilepsy Myoneural junction diseases
Huntington Alzheimers dementia
Intellectual Disability Brain injury epilepsy
JAMA Neurological disorders A
Meningitis Link neurological disorders
Mental Disorders Dementia
Mental Health Mental disorder
Multiple Sclerosis Psychiatric diagnosis
Myoneural Abnormal psychology
Neurological Disorder Psychopathology
Neurological Disorders Neurological disorder
Polyneuropathy Neurology
Primary Care Suicide
Traumatic Brain Injury


Type Source Name
pathway KEGG Huntington disease
disease MESH Huntington disease
disease MESH meningitis
disease MESH central nervous system infections
disease MESH epilepsy
disease MESH polyneuropathy
disease MESH stroke
disease MESH neurological disorders
disease MESH suicide
disease MESH intellectual disability
disease MESH encephalitis
disease MESH multiple sclerosis
disease MESH mental disorders
disease MESH development
disease MESH dementia
disease MESH diagnosis
disease MESH risk factors

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