Suicide risk in frontotemporal lobe degeneration: to be considered, to be prevented.

Abstract

Suicide is difficult to ascertain in elderly patients, and dementia might represent a risk factor, though predictors of suicide in dementia are still unknown. We report the case of a patient recently diagnosed as having a behavioral variant of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), apathetic syndrome, who committed suicide by hanging. His personal and family history was negative for mental disorders; a depressive syndrome was diagnosed 1 year before FTLD diagnosis, and treated unsuccessfully. To the best of our knowledge, no data are available about self-harmful events in FTLD. This case report argues for the urgent need for developing specific tools for the assessment of suicidal ideation among at-risk population.

DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e3182223254

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@article{Alberici2012SuicideRI, title={Suicide risk in frontotemporal lobe degeneration: to be considered, to be prevented.}, author={Antonella C Alberici and Elisabetta Cottini and Maura Cosseddu and Barbara Borroni and Alessandro Padovani}, journal={Alzheimer disease and associated disorders}, year={2012}, volume={26 2}, pages={194-6} }