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Volume 6 (2006), Pages 356-360
Case Study

Suicide Soon After Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizure. A Possible Peri-Ictal Phenomenon?

1Department of Psychiatry, Sant'Andrea Hospital, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy
2McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA, USA
3The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, USA

Received 2 November 2005; Revised 8 March 2006; Accepted 9 March 2006

Academic Editor: Neal R. Swerdlow

Copyright © 2006 Maurizio Pompili et al.


We report the case of 36-year-old woman who had suffered from focal-unilateral right febrile grand mal since she was 9 months old as a result of neonatal asphyxia. Over the years, a modification of the clinical picture occurred and eventually the patient suffered from paranoid delusions that impaired her ability to work. After many years free from seizures, she experienced one day a generalized tonic-clonic seizure that required hospitalization and, soon thereafter, she committed suicide.