Evaluation of suicide probability in children and adolescents with epilepsy


YILDIZ MİNİKSAR D. , Kilic B., KILIÇ M. , MİNİKSAR Ö. H. , Topcu Y., Aydin K.

PEDIATRICS INTERNATIONAL, vol.64, no.1, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ped.15130
  • Title of Journal : PEDIATRICS INTERNATIONAL
  • Keywords: adolescent, child, epilepsy, personality trait, suicide, PSYCHIATRIC COMORBIDITY, RISK-FACTORS, PERSONALITY, DEPRESSION, DISORDERS, PREVALENCE, PREDICTION, SYMPTOMS, IDEATION, ANXIETY

Abstract

Background We aimed to examine suicide probability, factors affecting suicide, and personality traits of children and adolescents diagnosed with epilepsy, and to compare their results with those of children without epilepsy. Methods Fifty-six children diagnosed with epilepsy and 56 control children, aged 11-16 years, were evaluated by using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders diagnostic criteria, the Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia Present and Lifetime Version, the Child Depression Inventory, the Suicide Probability Scale (SPS), and the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 - Brief Form - Children (PID-5-BF) scales. Factors predicting suicide risk in children with epilepsy were analyzed. Results The mean age, SPS total score, and hopelessness subscale score, PID-5-BF total score as well as disinhibition and psychoticism subscale scores of the epilepsy group were significantly higher than those of the control group (P < 0.05). There was no significant difference between the groups in terms of the Child Depression Inventory, and other subscales of the Suicide Probability Scales and PID-5-BF scales. The SPS total score was higher in patients with comorbid psychiatric diseases, those using psychiatric drugs, and girls (P < 0.05). An ANCOVA analysis indicated that the most important factor that predicted the probability of suicide and its subscale scores was the level of depression, and the presence of epilepsy was not predictive. Conclusions We found a high probability of suicide and personality pathology in children with epilepsy but the main predictor of suicide probability was the level of depression, not the presence of epilepsy.