Epilepsy and Suicide in Asian Populations

February 12, 2018
Veronica Hackethal, MD

In patients with epilepsy who live in western societies, suicide rates are increasing. Does culture play a role? Here's a study of Asian populations.

Is the increased suicide risk in patients with epilepsy related to coexisting psychiatric illness or to epilepsy alone? What (if any) cultural and ethnic factors are at play?